REPORT: Oilers to Hire Todd McLellan

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According to Elliotte Friedman, the Oilers will be hiring Todd McLellan as their new head coach “barring a major collapse.” 

Friedman appeared on the Brady & Walker radio show and announced that the Oilers have apparently found their man. From that interview:

…if Todd McLellan is the coach, and I think he will be, you don’t want to make the announcement while he’s coaching in Prague. You want to do it when he’s back in Edmonton. Look, there are people who are a lot more knowledgeable than I am who think that the deal is going to get done. So that’s kind of what I base it on. I think it’s going to get done barring a major collapse.

This announcement comes only days after Friedman broke news that the Oilers had not even spoken to Detroit’s Ken Holland about permission to speak to Mike Babcock. Yesterday, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun commented that the Oilers wanted to wrap up their coaching search by the end of the month and it looks like they have done that.

From where I sit, this was a smart decision for the Oilers to make. There was no guarantee that they would be able to sign Babcock and waiting around for him could have caused them to miss out on a very good coach in Todd McLellan. McLellan may not have Babcock’s shining resume, but he is no slouch on the bench. He will far and away be the most experienced coach the Oilers have had since MacT and Pat Quinn.

Will Mclellan be the right fit? We’ll have to wait and see, but if Friedman’s information is true (and I think it is) then this is another great day for the Oilers. Frankly, I’m still in disbelief that any of this is actually happening!

More to come…

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Despite a 4 point night McDavid (1G3A) on brink of elimination , while Draisaitl continues onto Memorial Cup with his 1G1A night . McDavid appears not to be enough to change the fortunes of Eire against Oshawa ? Will he be enough to change Oilers fortunes ?

  • geeker99

    while I am giddy what’s happened to my Oil this spring I remember the wholes in this line up. I would love to see us make a Ottawa type run and watch our young players in meaningful NHL hockey games. how valuable would that be. I think we have seen them all good?

    Yak- that game against L.A. was playoff like. Thought Roy really helped him take a step forward, on a nice contract.

    Hall- Need the old Hallsie back, I thought he was captain material till Eakins got pissy for throwing the water bottle and getting mop wet. That Clutterbuck hit was big for me, He has a mean streak in him.

    Nuge- He along with Yak and Klefbom were the only ones that improved in that mess last year. he is getting stronger and has a defensive bone in his body. my untouchable.

    Ebs- it kills me but this is my trade bait. Most value but if he is not scoring doesn’t bring anything.Everybody loves this guy,if traded please trade to the eastern conference.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    I don’t think it’s possible, madjam. It would take Hall+, Nuge+, or our pick. Eichel is their new franchise player, they’d need one in return.

  • SKOilFan

    Another positive about hiring a coach such as Todd M is the confidence he will give our young players simply by being on the bench. Seeing what he has accomplished in San Jose with top league players such as Jumbo Joe, Marleau, Boyle, Couture etc, will give the players the confidence that Todd M knows what he’s doing, and by buying into his systems, they will in fact get better (no offense to Todd Nelson cuz I really do think given the time he would’ve helped in that respect also).