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Report: Todd McLellan front-runner to land Sabres head coaching job

Report: Todd McLellan closing in on Sabres head coaching job
Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 14:27:13-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — According to Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic, the Buffalo Sabres appear to be closing in on Todd McLellan to be their next head coach. McLellan, 51, has previously served as a head coach for both the San Jose Sharks [2008-2014] and Edmonton Oilers [2015-2018].

Duhatschek adds that an announcement on McLellan could come as early as Tuesday.

Bob McKenzie from TSN elaborated on the initial report and said it is his understanding that McLellan has also been in discussion with the Los Angeles Kings, who also appear to be in the mix to land the 51-year-old coach.

John Wawrow from the Associated Press also said he's been told McLellan is on Buffalo's list of candidates but says he doesn't forsee a deal happening as early as Tuesday.

As a head coach, McLellan has a 434-282-90 record along with seven trips to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the postseason, McLellan has a 37-38 record.

On November 20, 2018, McLellan was relieved of his duties by the Oilers after the team started the season 9-10-1. While with the Oilers, McLellan made the playoffs once.

According to reports, several teams have expressed preliminary interest in McLellan for potential coaching vacancies throughout the league.