The Los Angeles Kings moved fairly quickly when it comes to replacing Darryl Sutter, and they did not have to go very far to do it. The Kings announced on Sunday that John Stevens will take over as the team’s next head coach. The team will have a press conference on Monday. Stevens has been an assistant coach with the Kings since the start of the 2010-11 season and spent four games as an interim head coach with the team during the 2011-12 season after Terry Murray was fired, and before Sutter was hired. Following the arrival of Sutter, Stevens went back to his role as an assistant, remaining in that position until now. “John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his
In a strict physical sense, Nazem Kadri only momentarily removed Alex Ovechkin from Game 5 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals when he drove his hip into the superstar sniper’s extended knee, and left him tumbling to the ice. What Kadri did succeed in doing, however, at least through the eyes of select Maple Leafs, was throwing Ovechkin off his game once he returned at the start of the second (and had recharged with a can of cola).
The Blackhawks' season ended much sooner than expected after being swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Nashville Predators. The IIHF World Championships begin May 5, and an early postseason exit gives several Blackhawks an opportunity to play in the tournament. With the National Hockey League saying it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, players may be more inclined to join given the uncertainty of when they'll be able to represent their countries again — if ever, for some. — Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each declined their invites from Team Canada, electing to use a lengthy offseason to recharge and focus on training for the 2017-18 NHL season.