Everything went wrong quickly for Stevens, although Blake said he saw concerns from training camp onward. We have players that can make plays. Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise. Maybe all of those problems could at least be somewhat excused if this were a rebuilding squad filled with promising prospects, but nah: This is the oldest roster in the league, and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel yet. The Kings are also bringing over German national team coach and former NHLer Marco Sturm, who replaces canned assistant coach Don Nachbaur. Under Sutter and Lombardi, the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, and won again in 2014. TV, NHL Premium, NHL After Dark, NHL GameCenter, NHL GameCenter LIVE, NHL Network name and logo, NHL Tonight name and logo, On The Fly, NHL Awards name and logo, NHL Draft name and logo, NHL Mascots, Hockey Fights Cancer, Because It's The Cup, NHL Green name and logo, NHL Vault, Hockey Is For Everyone, NHL Thanksgiving Showdown name and logo, NHL Centennial Classic name and logo, NHL Centennial Season logo, NHL100 Classic name and logo, NHL Global Series name and logo, NHL China Games name and logo, NHL Power Players name and logo, and Don't Miss A Moment are trademarks of the National Hockey League. '', More AP NHL: www.apnews.com/NHL and www.twitter.com/AP-Sports, FILE - In this March 22, 2018, filer photo, Los Angeles Kings coach John Stevens gestures to his team during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL hockey game in Denver. Anze Kopitar, after a career-best season, has struggled to regain his creative spark at the start of this one. Desjardins also coached at the Olympics, leading the Canadian men to a bronze medal. Stevens’ promotion was an attempt to create a new mentality for the Kings while maintaining some continuity to Sutter, whose grinding style of hockey won the only two Stanley Cup titles in franchise history. "This is a critical time in our season and our results to date have fallen well below our expectations. Since then, they have missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons and lost to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round in five games last season. Technically, Stevens got fired after a 4-1 win against Columbus on Saturday, but the decision was reportedly reached after a 5-2 loss against the Flyers two days earlier, which dropped the Kings to 3-8-1 on the young season. By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy. How will an accidental punctured lung impact Tyrod Taylor and the Chargers. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. © NHL 2019. Blake did not rule out player personnel changes moving forward, adding that "We're going to create a desire for these players to play well here.". "We have a great deal of respect and appreciation for John's time with our organization. Stevens went 51-39-9 overall in Los Angeles, including four games as the Kings' interim head coach in the 2011-12 season between the tenures of Murray and Sutter.