Oilers expected to announce hiring of Todd McLellan as new head coach

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers are expected to announce the hiring of Todd McLellan as their new head coach today, a source told The Canadian Press.

The Oilers have a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

McLellan spent the past seven seasons as coach of the San Jose Sharks, making the playoffs in his first six. He has a career 311-163-66 coaching record in the regular season, but is 30-32 in the playoffs.

He also coached Canada to a gold medal at the world hockey championship in Prague. Canada capped a perfect run at the worlds with a 6-1 rout of Russia in Sunday’s final.

McLellan appeared to be Edmonton’s top target since Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager earlier this month.

After the Oilers won the draft lottery for the right to select Connor McDavid, Chiarelli met with McLellan in Prague and hammered out a deal.

Before joining the Sharks, the 47-year-old Melville, Sask., native was an assistant on Mike Babcock’s staff in Detroit.

Babcock has yet to announce his plans for next season, with a return to the Red Wings still possible.

The Oilers have not made the playoffs since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

The future of Todd Nelson, who took over for Dallas Eakins in December and was a popular interim coach, was not immediately clear.

The Canadian Press

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