Kings name Todd McLellan 29th head coach in team history

Roundtable Is Todd Mc Lellan a good fit for the Kings

Roundtable Is Todd Mc Lellan a good fit for the Kings

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.

He replaces Willie Desjardins, who was let go by the Kings after they finished 31-42-9 and did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

The 51-year-old McLellan has ample head coaching experience with two of the Kings' Pacific Division rivals.

He spent seven years as the coach of the San Jose Sharks, making six playoff appearances from 2009-14 and reaching two Western Conference finals while winning the 2009 Presidents' Trophy. He also served as head coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading his squad to a gold medal.

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In his 10 full seasons, McLellan's teams missed the playoffs on only three occasions. Those Kings eventually won their second Stanley Cup title.

McLellan was 434-282-90 through 11 seasons with the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers.

Now, the belief here is that, in Todd McLellan, the Kings have the right coach for the right time - just like Terry Murray was the flawless bridge coach between the fiery Marc Crawford and Darryl Sutter, the sarcastic man of few words. He also was a candidate for the coaching vacancy in Buffalo, but stayed on the West Coast.

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