By: Adam Gretz
It seems that nobody in the NHL is safe from concussions or concussion-like symptoms these days, and that includes head coaches.
Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks was the second coach over the past month to miss time due to a head injury (Edmonton's Tom Renney was the other) after he was hit in the head with a stick during last Sunday's game against the Minnesota Wild. He hasn't been back behind the bench since then, but was able to join the team on the ice for practice on Friday, which should be seen as a step in the right direction.
According to Kevin Kurz of CSNBayarea, his status for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues is not yet known.
During his absence the Sharks have split a pair of 1-0 decisions, beating the Flyers on Tuesday and then losing to the Buffalo Sabres by the same score on Thursday night.
“It was a positive sign, first off, to have our leader back on the ice,” said Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft, via CSN. “It’s a step in the process, and that’s all it is right now, a step in the process. We’ll move forward under the plan of him just trying to get better every day, and we’ll go from there.”
The Sharks are currently in the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with 73 points, three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings, the team occupying the No. 9 spot. They're also just two points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the top spot in the Pacific Division.
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