COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 20: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 20, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) Sergei Bobrovsky
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
Bruce Boudreau’s philosophy on the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that the best team usually wins each series. This might sound petulant, coming from a coach whose team was dispatched in the first round in five games after a 106-point season, going from 3.31 goals per game in the regular season to 1.60 against the Blues. “Seriously?” Boudreau answered, dumbfounded, when asked about the offensive struggles.