McLellan agrees to multiyear deal to coach Kings

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2019

Todd McLellan was hired as coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reportsthe deal is for five years and is worth around $25 million depending on bonuses.

The 51-year-old has a career record of 434-282-90 in 806 regular season games behind the bench, and served as head coach of the San Jose Sharks from 2008-09 through 2014-15 before joining the Oilers.

Desjardins, 62, was named the Kings' interim coach in November after John Stevens was sacked following the team's 4-8-1 start.

The native of Melville, Sask., had been attached to the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy, but an offer was never made.

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The Kings fired John Stevens as head coach on November 4 after a 4-8-1 start to the 2018-19 campaign and have had Willie Desjardins fill the role on an interim basis since.

He has a career record of 434-282-90 in 806 regular-season games, which ranks 33rd in National Hockey League history and 11th among active coaches.

The team finished eighth in the Pacific and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the past six seasons.

Los Angeles was the NHL's second lowest-scoring team last season, managing just 199 goals despite the elite talents of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter.

The Kings will introduce McLellan at a news conference Wednesday.

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