McLel­lan, Sharks de­cide to part ways

Los Angeles Times - - STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS - staff and wire re­ports

Af­ter seven sea­sons of great reg­u­larsea­son suc­cess and play­off dis­ap­point­ments, Coach Todd McLel­lan and the San Jose Sharks de­cided it was time for a change.

The Sharks an­nounced Mon­day that they had agreed to part ways with the win­ningest coach in fran­chise his­tory af­ter the team missed the play­offs for the first time since 2003.

With the Sharks com­mit­ted to a youth move­ment and McLel­lan hav­ing just one year on his con­tract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change.

“This team is clearly in a rebuild,” McLel­lan said. “With one year left, head­ing for­ward I had to an­a­lyze where ev­ery­thing was go­ing. I felt with some of the an­swers I got that it was time.”

McLel­lan had a 311-163-66 reg­u­larsea­son record with the Sharks, the third best in the league since he took over be­fore the 2008-09 sea­son. But San Jose fin­ished 12th out of 14 teams in the West­ern Con­fer­ence this sea­son and missed the post­sea­son, lead­ing to the change.

Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals cen­ter Eric Fehr will miss at least the next two play­off games against the New York Is­lan­ders be­cause of an up­per-body in­jury. Fehr was hurt in Wash­ing­ton’s 2-1 over­time loss to the Is­lan­ders on Sun­day. Fehr didn’t re­turn af­ter be­ing checked heav­ily to the ice by Is­lan­ders for­ward Kyle Ok­poso about four min­utes in.

The Detroit Red Wings will have left wing Justin Ab­delka­der in their lineup Tues­day for Game 3 of their play­off se­ries with the Tampa Bay Light­ning. Ab­delka­der, who scored a ca­reer-high 23 goals this sea­son, hasn’t played since April 4 be­cause of a hand in­jury.

Van­cou­ver Canucks for­ward Alexan­dre Bur­rows will not be suspended for an in­sti­ga­tor penalty he re­ceived Sun­day af­ter an in­ci­dent with Cal­gary Flames de­fense­man Kris Rus­sell in Game 3 of their se­ries. Game 4 is Tues­day in Cal­gary.

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