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McLellan's four years with the Sharks have been marred by constantly coming up short.
Todd McLellan's four year tenure with the San Jose Sharks has resulted in four trips to the postseason, three Pacific Division titles, two trips to the Western Conference Finals and a President's Trophy. Unfortunately for McLellan, the Sharks won just one game in those two appearances, getting swept by the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and losing in five games to the runner-up Vancouver Canucks in 2011.
McLellan's 195-92-41 regular season record since replacing Ron Wilson as the Shark's head coach in 2008 is very impressive. What's far less impressive is his team's performance in the postseason.
Despite the Sharks winning the President's Trophy with 117 points during the 2008-09 season, McLellan's group was given an early exit by the No. 8 seed Anaheim Ducks, who defeated the Sharks in six games.
The 2009-10 campaign saw the Sharks return as the West's top seed with 113 points, but after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in six games and the Detroit Red Wings in five, the Sharks were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in McLellan's first attempt at the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.
With the West's second best record heading into the 2011 playoffs, McLellan's bunch once again failed to make the Stanley Cup final, losing to the Vancouver Canucks in five games after eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in six and the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, respectfully.
Making matters worse, the Sharks finished second in the Pacific last season and were bounced from the 2012 playoffs in the first round, where they were handily defeated by the St. Louis Blues in five games.
All together, that brings McLellan's overall record in the playoffs to a far less-stellar 21-24 mark.
This season, after a prolific start in January led by Patrick Marleau's incessant scoring, the Sharks' offense fell off the table in February and hasn't fully recovered yet in March. San Jose currently sits on the outside looking in at ninth place, although they're just two points away from the West's sixth-seed in a jam-packed conference that has 15th place Colorado five points outside of a playoff spot.
Yet, given McLellan's track record and inability to get the job done in the playoffs, a simple berth won't be enough for him to keep his job after the season. The Sharks need to at least make the Western Conference semi-finals in order for McLellan to stay at the helm of the ship.
Risk of McLellan losing his job if San Jose fails to accomplish that goal: High