Per Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens may not go anywhere this offseason. According to Kypreos, Dean Lombardi, GM of the Kings, “Doesn’t like to see good people walk out of the door”.
Nick Kypreos went on to say “the feeling I’m getting is that Stevens isn’t going anywhere”.
John Stevens, one of the best head coach candidates across the league, now seems to be off the market. The Los Angeles Kings have found a winning formula with what they have now, and they are wise to do whatever they can to keep this current group of players, coaches, and staff together.
The Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Carolina Hurricanes all are without head coaches as of now. The Panthers have seemingly narrowed their list of coaches to three, so that would have left just the Penguins, Canucks and the Hurricanes as potential landing spots for John Stevens, a man who hasn’t been a full time head coach since 2009.
All three spots have their pros and cons. Vancouver is coming off another disappointing season, and it looks like GM Jim Benning might blow everything up. Pittsburgh cleaned house when they got rid of former GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma, but they do have the pieces in place to succeed. Carolina is coming off their fifth straight season finishing out of the playoff race, and there is a lot that needs to be done by new GM Ron Francis.
As of now, it looks like John Stevens will stay put in Los Angeles, which is news that three head coachless teams did not want to hear.