Oilers reach out to ex-Sharks coach Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan, the ex-San Jose Shark head coach, will behind the bench of the Edmonton Oilers next season. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

It didn’t take long for Todd McLellan to become one of the hottest head coaching candidates on the market.

On the same day he mutually agreed to part ways with the San Jose Sharks, the Edmonton Oilers reached out to McLellan about their coaching vacancy, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

It remains unclear whether the Oilers plan to keep interim coach Todd Nelson, who replaced Dallas Eakins early in the 2014-15 season, but McLellan was quickly linked to a handful of teams — including Edmonton — when he became available on Monday.

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The Oilers are an attractive landing spot for a head coach after the club won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.


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As Friedman indicated above, his timeline to find a new job will be complicated because he will be coaching for Team Canada at the IIHF world championship tournament in Europe.

Under McLellan, the Sharks made seven consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before this year.

He leaves as the Sharks’ franchise leader in wins (311), games coached (540) with an overall record of 311-163-66.