Veteran NHL Coach Todd McLellan Is "Getting Traction" To Be The Next Head Coach Of the Blue Jackets, Per a Report

By Ed Francis on June 25, 2024 at 7:12 pm
The Columbus Blue Jackets have their new bench boss, naming Todd McLellan as the organization's 11th full-time head coach.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are nearing another major decision behind the bench, according to a report.

Todd McLellan is "getting traction" to be named the next head coach of the organization, per John Buccigross of ESPN.

The report, posted by Buccigross on X (formerly Twitter) Monday evening, comes just over a week after the dismissal of former head coach Pascal Vincent, who was fired by new President and General Manager Don Waddell in what was seen as Waddell's first of many big moves this summer.

McLellan would be the 11th permanent head coach in franchise history.

Most recently, the 56-year-old McLellan had spent more than four seasons as the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. He compiled a 164-130-44 record in 338 games with the Kings, finishing third in the Pacific Division in each of the last two seasons until his firing in early February. 

The Kings finished third in the division this season as well and were 23-15-10 at the time of McLellan's dismissal.

Prior to his time with the Kings, McLellan had coached the San Jose Sharks from 2008 until 2015 and the Edmonton Oilers from 2015 until 2018. The Sharks made the playoffs in six of McLellan's seven seasons behind the bench, while the Oilers missed the postseason in two of his three full seasons as head coach. Just before joining San Jose, McLellan was an assistant coach for 2007-08 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.

McLellan's NHL Head Coaching Resume
    Regular season Postseason
Team Year G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
SJS 2008–09 82 53 18 11 117 1st in Pacific 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (ANA)
SJS 2009–10 82 51 20 11 113 1st in Pacific 8 7 .533 Lost in Conference Finals (CHI)
SJS 2010–11 82 48 25 9 105 1st in Pacific 9 9 .500 Lost in Conference Finals (VAN)
SJS 2011–12 82 43 29 10 96 2nd in Pacific 1 4 .200 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (STL)
SJS 2012–13 48 25 16 7 57 3rd in Pacific 7 4 .636 Lost in Conference Semifinals (LAK)
SJS 2013–14 82 51 22 9 111 2nd in Pacific 3 4 .429 Lost in 1st Round (LAK)
SJS 2014–15 82 40 33 9 89 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 2015–16 82 31 43 8 70 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 2016–17 82 47 26 9 103 2nd in Pacific 7 6 .538 Lost in 2nd Round (ANA)
EDM 2017–18 82 36 40 6 78 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 2018–19 20 9 10 1 19 Fired
LAK 2019–20 70 29 35 6 64 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
LAK 2020–21 56 21 28 7 49 6th in West Missed Playoffs
LAK 2021–22 82 44 27 11 99 3rd in Pacific 3 4 .429 Lost in 1st Round (EDM)
LAK 2022–23 82 47 25 10 104 3rd in Pacific 2 4 .333 Lost in 1st Round (EDM)
LAK 2023–24 48 23 15 10 56 Fired
TOTAL 1,144 598 412 134     42 46 .477 9 POSTSEASON APPEARANCES

McLellan is regarded as a coach who is an excellent communicator, puts an emphasis on defensive structure, and stresses meaningful practices. All are areas that Blue Jackets head coaches have struggled in since the departure of John Tortorella in 2021.

For his career, McLellan's coaching record is 598-412-134. The 598 wins ranks 7th among active coaches, and 24th all-time. He coached his 1000th NHL game in 2022.

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