LA Kings name Todd McLellan as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Kings have hired Todd McLellan as their new Head Coach. He is the team’s Head Coach in the past year.

He replaces Willie Desjardins, who departed after the season. Desjardins took over on Nov. 4 for John Stevens, who was fired after a 4-8-1 record.

Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan reacts on the bench against the Arizona Coyotes
Todd McLellan reacts on the bench against the Arizona Coyotes (Getty Images)

Desjardins guided the Kings to a 27-34-8 record as the Interim Head Coach.

Since the 2014-15 season, the Kings have rotated missing the playoffs and making the playoffs — 2014-15 (missed the playoffs), 2015-16 (lost in the first-round), 2016-17 (missed the playoffs), 2017-18 (lost in the first-round), and 2018-19 (missed the playoffs).

The 51-year-old Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada native was most recently the Edmonton Oilers head coach. He was fired after 20 games during the 2018-19 season.

At the time of his departure, McLellan guided the Oilers to a 9-10-1 record.

As the Edmonton head coach, he went 123-119-24. He guided the team to the playoffs once in his tenure, losing in the second round to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2016-17 season.

Besides being the Oilers head coach, he also was the San Jose Sharks head coach. He went 311-163-66 with the San Jose, California based team.

Twice during his tenure there, he guided the team to the Conference Finals. Both teams, the Sharks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks.

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