Kings name McLellan new head coach
The Los Angeles Kings have found their man. GM Rob Blake has announced that Todd McLellan and the Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract to be the franchise's new head coach.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun's sources, McLellan's contract with the Kings is for five years and worth about $25 million in total.
A news conference is scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning to announce the hiring.
McLellan, 51, was fired 20 games into the 2018-19 season by the Edmonton Oilers. He was in his fourth year behind the bench with the club.
The native of Melville, Sask., had been attached to the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy, but an offer was never made.
Prior to joining the Oilers, McLellan spent seven seasons as head coach of the San Jose Sharks.
In his 10 full seasons, McLellan's teams missed the playoffs on only three occasions.
His 434 wins are 33rd all-time among NHL coaches.
The Kings fired John Stevens on Nov. 4. Willie Desjardins was hired as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
The team finished eighth in the Pacific and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the past six seasons.