The Los Angeles Kings announced that Todd McLellan will be their new head coach. Today McLellan and the Kings agree to a five-year contract, worth at least $5 million per season.
The lucrative contract shows how confident the Kings are with McLellan. This year, the Kings will have a No. 5 overall pick in this years NHL Entry Draft. McLellan will have the opportunity to work with stars like Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. The Kings hope to turn things around after finishing last in the Western Conference.
Last November the Edmonton Oilers fired him and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock. The Oilers record was 9-10-1 when McLellan was relieved. In 2016-2017 he spent the first season with Edmonton and led them to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. It was their first playoff appearance in 11 years.
Before Edmonton, he coached seven seasons for the San Jose Sharks. San Jose hired him in 2008 after being Mike Babcock assistant for the Detroit Red Wings. His San Jose team made the playoffs six times and won a Presidents’ Trophy.’
Today McLellan becomes the 29th head coach in franchise history. The Kings organization will introduce McLellan in a news conference this Wednesday. Stay tuned for more NHL news.
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