Oilers fire head coach Todd McLellan 11 hours before facing Sharks


Four years ago, Todd McLellan was fired by San Jose. On Tuesday, the Edmonton head coach was fired by the Oilers while in San Jose.

The stunning move by the Oilers came roughly 11 hours before McLellan was set to face the team he was in charge of for seven years.

The Oilers' move also comes less than 12 hours after the St. Louis Blues fired their coach Mike Yeo.

Guess who the Blues played on Saturday? If you guessed the Sharks, you win the prize of being right.

Does this make the Sharks "Coach Killers?" We'll let you debate the merits of that moniker.

Anyway, McLellan was in the fourth year of a five-year deal with the Oilers. Two years ago, he led Edmonton to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division and 103 points. Now, after a 9-10-1 start to this season, he's looking for a new job.

McLellan is the fourth head coach to be fired so far this season. In addition to Yeo, Joel Quenneville was fired by Chicago and John Stevens was fired by the Kings.

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