Report: McLellan meeting with Sabres on Wednesday

April 10, 2019 - 12:47 pm
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Early Wednesday morning, a report from Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period indicated that former Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was on track to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

BREAKING: Barring a last-minute snag, Todd McLellan is on track to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
Official announcement could come as early as today.

My understanding is McLellan has accepted the role in principle, final touches are being put on a 5-year deal.

My understanding is McLellan has accepted the role in principle, final touches are being put on a 5-year deal.

BREAKING: Barring a last-minute snag, Todd McLellan is on track to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
Official announcement could come as early as today.

— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) April 10, 2019

This comes after multiple reports indicated on Monday that the Buffalo Sabres were in on McLellan as a potential top candidate for their head coaching vacancy.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun reported that a source close to McLellan told him that he has not yet made a decision on the Kings, and that he was scheduled to meet with the Sabres on Wednesday.

Source close to Todd McLellan says the free-agent coach has not yet made his decision. Remains very much interested in both the L.A. and Buffalo opportunities. McLellan slated to meet with Sabres brass today. Kings, meanwhile, remain hopeful they can get him. We'll see.

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 10, 2019

McLellan is expected to be in Buffalo this weekend as his son, Tyson, is playing with the University of Denver Pioneers in the Frozen Four of the NCAA Tournament.

The 51-year-old McLellan started his coaching career with the Sharks, spending seven seasons in San Jose and making the playoffs in each of his first six seasons. He was fired back in 2015 after an 89-point season that saw the Sharks miss the playoffs.

McLellan then became the head coach in Edmonton, where he spent parts of four seasons before being fired just 20 games into the 2018-19 season.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman also added in his 31 Thoughts blog that Sabres general manager Jason Botterill confirmed to him that the team has interest in McLellan, saying, "Certainly, he's a person of interest. He's on our list."

Keep it locked to WGR and WGR550.com for more on this developing story.

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