The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways.
In related moves, Assistant Coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and Video Coordinator Brett Heimlich have been relieved of their duties. Associate Coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.
The report from TSN just days ago was that McLellan and Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock are the two guys who the Flyers are after most. Philadelphia fired head coach Craig Berube on Friday after 161 regular season and seven playoff games at the helm across two seasons.
The Flyers will almost certainly interview McLellan for their head coaching vacancy. ON Saturday, here's what general manager Ron Hextall said about his coaching search, which could be prolonged and will involve a lot of names:
"I've started gathering a list. That's where we're at right now. I'm not going to go public with things either. But you've got to get a list together. That's the first part of the process. ... It's not done, but by the time it's done there will be a hell of a lot. You've got to look at everything, and then you can narrow it down pretty quickly."
McLellan joined the Sharks in 2008. During his tenure, San Jose won the division title three times and the Presidents Trophy once.