Sharks' movement to keep McLellan could stall coaching carousel

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at...

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 26, 2011. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/AFP)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

An NHL bidding war for coaches — and the ensuing game of musical chairs — was averted when Doug Wilson confirmed he wants Todd McLellan back as coach of the San Jose Sharks.

At least four NHL teams, two not necessarily looking to replace their coach, were prepared to make a pitch to McLellan, had he been made available.

One of those teams is believed to be the Maple Leafs, who have been silent on Randy Carlyle’s status since their season ended and Brendan Shanahan was anointed as team president.

And at the same time, had Carlyle been let loose by the Leafs, there were two other teams interested in hiring him to coach.

Now, with McLellan probably staying in San Jose, the likelihood is the Leafs won’t wait long to confirm that Carlyle will return in his position as coach: He has one year left on his contract.


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