Sharks head coach Todd McLellan could opt out of the remaining year of his contract if general manager Doug Wilson were to be fired, according to a report Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada.
According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox:
“If Doug Wilson were to be fired as general manager Todd McLellan has an option in his contract to become a free agent and he would be available to other teams in the NHL without compensation,” Cox said.
McLellan is currently signed through the 2015-16 season.
The Sharks face microscopic odds to make it to the postseason after losing to Arizona on Saturday, 5-3. Should they miss, it will end a streak of 10 straight seasons making the playoffs, including six in a row under McLellan.
Should McLellan not return to the Sharks next season, the highly regarded coach will have plenty of options elsewhere. In his 20 years of serving as head coach or assistant at various levels, McLellan has never been a part of a staff that has missed the playoffs.
The 47-year-old has a 310-161-66 career record as the head coach of the Sharks, and became the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins on Feb. 13.