Kings send head coach John Stevens packing


The Kings have fired head coach John Stevens 13 games into the 2018-19 season, the club announced Sunday.

"This is a critical time in our season, and our results to date have fallen well below our expectations", Blake said in a statement.

In addition, the Kings also made an intriguing move by replacing assistant coach Don Nachbaur with former NHLer Marco Sturm, who.

The hiring of Desjardins marks Blake's second head coaching decision since taking the reins in Los Angeles.

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His replacement behind the Kings bench will be former Kings player Marco Sturm, who is now the Head Coach and General Manager of the German National Team. The Kings have been outscored 45-28, but had won two of three after a six-game losing streak. "With that in mind, this was a hard decision but one we feel was necessary". "We have a great deal of respect and appreciation for John's time with our organization". He will be the 25th different coach in Kings history. Sutter's coaching and former general manager Dean Lombardi's clever moves won two championships, but also left the Kings with a relatively slow, veteran-laden roster that struggled to compete consistently in the speed-based National Hockey League after 2014.

The Kings are tied with the Florida Panthers for the fewest points in the league this season with nine.

The results of Stevens' tenure had been mixed: The Kings went 45-29-8 in Stevens' debut last season, finishing fourth in the Pacific Division and getting swept by Vegas in the first round of the playoffs.

The 52-year-old Stevens had been an assistant with the Kings since 2010 before being named head coach in April 2017 to replace Darryl Sutter.