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John Stevens Working The Defense In LA

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, a former Flyers scout, liked Stevens’ work ethic. So did assistant GM Ron Hextall, who bled Flyers orange and black as a player. Coach Terry Murray was Stevens’ assistant in Philadelphia and a friend since Stevens played for and later coached the Flyers’ minor league team, the Phantoms.

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“They all know that John is a man of tremendous integrity and did not need much of a push to hire him,” Holmgren said. “He’s a great fit there.”

Stevens, who played 53 NHL games for the Flyers and Hartford Whalers, is Murray’s top assistant. He inherited Hardy’s duties of working with the defense and overseeing the penalty killing, which ranked 20th in the NHL last season. Under his direction it will be more aggressive, more intent on pressuring the puck.

“He’s changed things up a little bit,” defenseman Jack Johnson said. “He seems like a great guy, easy to talk to.”

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