There’s a legitimate rumor that Todd Richards of the Wilked-Barre Scranton Penguins is on his way to San Jose (rumor) to become an assistant coach to McLellan. The AHL team is an affiliation of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has a 98-49-5-8 record with the team, including a trip to the Calder Cup finals. With both coaches (McLellan and Richards) having tremendous success coaching in the AHL, I see this pairing as a great enhancement to the team. And paraphrasing McLellan, such a team of coaches may work in the team’s benefit as players do not have experience with them and can come into the new season without prejudice.
There’s also a rumor that ex-Chicago assistant Trent Yawney will be the other assistant to join McLellan behind the bench.
This should be a new and exciting brand of Sharks hockey headed by McLellan with emphasis on offense and puck control. I look forward to pre-season to get a glimpse of the new system.
NOTE: Official announcement of new assistant coaches expected in the next day or so.