I really think his job is at some risk.
-They have a grotesque schedule to being the season/
-The team's breakout structure looks badly behind the times.
-The special teams struggled badly last season, so the assistants who ran them were fired. They hired Manny Viveiros to run the PP, and according to Bob Stauffer, McLellan himself is coaching it and not having Viveiros run things. The result is more of the same, with 5 left-handed pass-first players on the first unit tryin
I don't think that it's Todd McLellan's fault that two of his RW are 20-year olds that need time in the American league. That's a lot more to do with Chiarelli painting himself into a corner with the salary cap.
For what it's worth, McLellan moved Lucic to 3LW and he's been night and day better. And yes, I would him off the 1st PP unit. Even in his prime years with Boston, he was never really a terrific PP option.
As I watched this game against the Flames unfold tonight, I have been seething, watching Todd McLellan elevate and keep Milan Lucic to the 97/29 line and then foist Zack Kassian upon Nugent-Hopkins. I don’t have a problem with Lucic and Kassian, as they try, but they just don’t belong there. As soon as Lucic joined that line, their chances just died on his stick, and Todd just kept putting him out there. I can understand putting him out there or a shift or two, just to send the message to Tkachu
I was mad enough as yesterday's game unfolded, and McLellan coached the Oilers to a loss, but am enraged tonight. I know that he's the coach and I'm the fan, but how the hell can he explain that he routinely does not do what other coaches do when their team is in this place: pull the goalie and/or call a timeout every now and then?
I could see if it was just some crazy idea of mine, but a lot of very knowledgeable hockey men have made use of these tactics for over 1