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Coaching carousel continues to turn

On the day recently disposed San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan signed to be the new coach of the Edmonton Oilers, the Sharks continued their own coaching search, with former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma joining current Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and former New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer as leading candidates.

Bylsma coached the Penguins from the 2008-09 season through last June, winning the Stanley Cup with the team at the conclusion of his rookie campaign. Despite winning the Cup his first year, his Sidney Crosby-led teams never made it back to the Finals again, and he was summarily fired last year after the club failed to hold a 3-1 playoff series lead last year against the New York Rangers, the eventual Eastern Conference champions.

Named as the Jack Adams winner as the NHL’s best coach in 2011, Bylsma coached the Penguins to a 252-117-32 regular season record and a 43-35 playoff record.

It’s been reported that Babcock will interview in San Jose this week. Still just 51 years old, Babcock has coached for 12 seasons in the NHL, with the last 10 in Detroit. He has a 527-285-19 regular season mark, and has coached in three Stanley Cup Finals, winning it all with the Red Wings in 2008.

DeBoer was fired by the Devils 36 games into this past season. In four years in New Jersey, DeBoer was 248-114-93, playing in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, where the Devils lost to the Los Angeles Kings. Before New Jersey, DeBoer spent three season coaching the Florida Panthers.

McLellan inks deal with Oilers

The Oilers announced Tuesday they signed McLellan to be the 14th coach of the once storied franchise. McLellan was the head coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading the Canadians to a 10-0 record en route to their first gold medal since 2007.

As head coach of the Sharks, McLellan set franchise marks with a 311-163-66 record in seven season at the helm, with six playoff appearances, four 40-plus win seasons, three 100-point seasons, three Pacific Division crowns, one President’s Trophy, and back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Finals.

He now gets an opportunity to face his former club as a division opponent.

Burns named best defenseman at World Championships

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was named the Best Defenseman at the 2015 IIHF World Championships, joining fellow defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes); forwards Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers); and goalie Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) on the Worlds’ all-star team.

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