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Is John Stevens Really The New Head Coach Of The Los Angeles Kings? Now Official

I found this link that goes to the story from LaKings.com but if you go to their home page, no mention of it.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings and John Stevens have agreed to contract terms for Stevens to serve as the club's new Head Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Stevens has most recently served as the club's Associate Head Coach. He has been part of the Kings coaching staff the past seven seasons.

The Kings are scheduled to host a news conference on Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Chick Hearn Press Room at STAPLES Center to formally introduce Stevens. It will be streamed live at LAKings.com. Kings season credentials will allow access into STAPLES Center for tomorrow's press event. Lunch will be provided to the media beginning at 12:45 p.m.

"John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake.


And I have not received a press release which is usually the norm.  

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Why The Shake-Up For The Los Angeles Kings?

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

What Lombardi and Sutter never found was a replacement for Slava Voynov, who left on domestic violence charges in the fall of 2014, a Norris candidate in partial bloom.

Lombardi rewarded Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik and Matt Greene for meritorious service. The contracts reeked of gratitude, but not realism. Chicago has won three Stanley Cups by protecting the core and profusely thanking Troy Brouwer, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd as they show them the door

The Blackhawks beat the salary cap to the point that they have 14 players who make less than $1 million this season. And, even then, Chicago has not won back-to-back Cups. This stuff is hard.

Now the Kings see Justin Williams, Wayne Simmonds, Milan Lucic, Brayden Schenn and Jordan Weal thriving throughout the league. They wouldn’t have gotten Mike Richards without giving up Simmonds and Schenn, and probably wouldn’t have won that 2012 Cup. But at least when they missed the 2015 playoffs, they had the same regular-season record they did in 2012. The 2017 team was far more ineffectual. It cried for change.


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Dean Lombardi And Darryl Sutter Out In LA

LOS ANGELES (April 10) - AEG, the world's leading sports and live entertainment company, has announced the following changes to the front office of the LA Kings hockey club. Luc Robitaille has been named club President and will now oversee all hockey and business operations, and Rob Blake has been named Vice President and General Manager, and will direct all day to day hockey operations for the organization.

The announcement of both promotions was made by Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, the parent company of the LA Kings.

In addition, Beckerman today announced Dean Lombardi, who has served as Kings President and General Manager since 2006, and Darryl Sutter, who has served as the club's Head Coach since 2011, have been relieved of their current duties.

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Video- A Tribute To ‘To The Voice Of The Kings’

Congrats to Bob Miller.


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Morning Line- Anze Kopitar

“We just had too many stretches of playing not remotely good enough, and the losses kept piling on. I think coming back after the break, we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after being officially eliminated from the playoffs.  Curtis Zupke of the LA Times has more.

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Video- Jonathan Quick With A Beauty Of A Kick Save

Not your normal kick save.


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Jarome Iginla May Have Played His Last Game In Calgary

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In the end, Jarome Iginla got the goodbye salute he deserved, Drew Doughty got revenge, the kid got what was coming to him and the fans were treated to a night of bad blood and brilliant theatre.

And then, to top it all off, Iginla delivered a subtle message to the youngster responsible for stirring up so much emotion.

“I don’t know if I agree with all of it – I’ll just leave it at that,” said Iginla, 39, of Matthew Tkachuk’s pre-game pot-shot at Doughty.

“He’s had a good rookie season and he’s playing well. He’s an important part and it looks like he’s going to be a good player, but it would be nice just to see the battle on the ice as opposed to the other stuff.”

Setting up their first meeting since a blatant Tkachuk elbow on Doughty drew a suspension and a declaration by the King the kid is a dirty player, the Flames winger poked back Tuesday, saying how disappointed he was with Doughty’s whining.

The Kings didn’t appreciate it one bit and wasted no time making that clear.


Below a few videos from the game...

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The NHL Heads To China

BEIJING (March 30, 2017) – At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing, where today’s announcement was made. 

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Video- Drew Doughty On Playing The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Kings’ Drew Doughty says it’s about time we show up against Edmonton, calls out past Oilers’ forwards for not playing defence, and is still pissed about getting beat one-on-one by Connor McDavid.


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Video- Matthew Tkachuk Elbow To Drew Doughty’s Head

via Bo Hamby of LA Kings Insider,

Doughty, on the hit he took from Matthew Tkachuk in the first period:
He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid. To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to really say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.

Doughty, on whether Tkachuk’s hit was the result of anything earlier in that shift:
It’s just that every game I’ve played against him basically, me and him get after it a little bit. Obviously, partially that’s my fault, too, because I like to get under peoples’ skin, too. He’s a young guy in the league, and I don’t think he necessarily meant to hurt me or anything like that, but he did.

Watch the elbow from Tkachuk below...

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