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).
Knowing Kevin Shattenkirk wasn't in their long-term plans, the St. Louis Blues traded the talented defenseman and braced for the immediate blow to their playoff hopes. When the Blues dealt the pending free agent at the trade deadline, they seemed to be creating a giant void on their blue line and gift-wrapping the NHL-best Washington Capitals with their deepest defense in a decade. With Pietrangelo taking over top power-play duties, Parayko pitching in and 6-foot-4, 221-pound Robert Bortuzzo providing some bulk on the back end, the new-look Blues cruised into the second round with a 4-1 series win over Minnesota and haven't missed a beat without Shattenkirk.