GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 31: Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70) takes a shot during the NHL hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes on January 31, 2017 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.(Photo by Kevin Abele
Of all the tasks new GM Rob Blake has to accomplish in Los Angeles this summer, none may be more important than locking in forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. [The Kings] are “actively working diligently” to ensure restricted free agents Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are under contract with the Kings next season.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Kings promoted Mike Futa to assistant general manager. Because it’s now being reported, via a Kings spokesman, that the Sabres have been granted permission to speak with Futa about their GM vacancy. Futa was once thought to be heir apparent to Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles.
Any team would be upset with being swept briskly from the first round, especially with a 13-3 goal differential, and especially a franchise with recent successes like the Chicago Blackhawks. While other franchises (like, say, the veteran-saddled Los Angeles Kings) have been known to be loyal possibly to a fault, the Blackhawks have perpetuated their […]
Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik will not be bought out, general manager Rob Blake told reporters Monday. At a news conference introducing John Stevens as the King’s head coach, Blake was asked about Gaborik and the players’ future with the team. Blake said Gaborik was not 100 percent last season and recently had a non-specified […]
John Stevens spent the past seven seasons as Darryl Sutter's assistant coach while the Los Angeles Kings rose to two Stanley Cup titles and then slipped to three straight disappointing seasons. Stevens is moving into the top job with no plans to upend the system in which he played a major part. "It's just kind […]
APRIL 24: Los Angeles Kings Head Coach John Stevens addresses the media during a press conference naming him head coach of the team at STAPLES Center on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings didn’t want to abandon their defensive foundation, but also believed they needed a head […]
If sheer exposure to a team translates to make that team better, then no candidate can lift the Los Angeles Kings quite like John Stevens. The hockey world tends to lose track of assistant (or “associate”) coaches far more easily than the main guys, and that is the case with Stevens. Seriously, Stevens has been […]
John Stevens, an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Kings staff for the past seven seasons, has been promoted to head coach, the National Hockey League team announced Sunday. The 50-year-old Canadian had most recently served as the team's associate coach, having joined the team after coaching the Philadlphia Flyers from 2006 to 2010. After […]
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. According to Pierre LeBrun and Kings Insider Jon Rosen, the team will be announcing on Sunday that John Stevens will be the next head coach of the Kings. He […]
The Los Angeles Kings have promoted associated head coach John Stevens to become their next head coach. Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the team will introduce Stevens at a news conference Monday. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as an assistant to two Kings head coaches over the past eight seasons, which included the franchise's […]
Ralph Strangis recently received a text message from former Dallas Stars forward Jere Lehtinen and was overjoyed with what the note said. It sounds like you’re having fun,” Lehtinen said to Strangis. For the last two months of the 2016-17 regular season, Strangis called almost all of the Los Angeles Kings games in place of […]