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McKenzie: Canucks interested in Kings assistant Stevens for coaching job

May 25, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

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TSN’s Bob McKenzie shared, via Twitter, that one person the Vancouver Canucks are interested in to be their next head coach is current Kings assistant John Stevens. Jason Botchford of The Province says Stevens is a guy who could help out in a big way with the team’s defensemen.

Stevens is credited with helping develop Drew Doughty‘s game to the level it’s at now as one of the best blue liners in the league. He’s also given credit for helping guys like Jacob Muzzin and Slava Voynov reaching new levels in their game. As Botchford notes, bringing Stevens in could provide a huge benefit for Alex Edler‘s game in Vancouver.

The hang-up with desiring Stevens? The fact the Kings are still in the playoffs and could still be there deep into June. If Vancouver wants him to be their guy they’ll need to wait for the Kings to get knocked out to talk to him.

Stevens does have four seasons worth of head coaching experience after leading the Flyers from 2006-2007 through 2009-2010. He also served as the Kings’ interim head coach last year for four games after Terry Murray was fired and before Darryl Sutter took over.

  1. wicky888 - May 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Yeah he’s a great fit. He dealt with a high pressure situation in Philly very well and I have zero doubt that he would excel in Vancouver

    -No one ever

    -Flyers fan

    • dannymac17 - May 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Yea cause i mean you guys are doing so great right now, ya know. Like, it was all his fault. Great you can blame HIM for your entire teams IDIOCY. clown.

      • biasedhomer - May 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Silly danny, learn some facts before spewing out garbage.

        He had a very talented team (with Pronger) that looked to be missing the playoffs. So he was fired. In came Lavioletter, who took that very same team, that very same season, to the Stanley Cup finals.

      • wicky888 - May 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        I was going to reply, however biasedhomer beat me to it

      • dannymac17 - May 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        How did that Stanley Cup finals work out for you?

  2. President Charles Logan - May 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    the cake baker!

  3. phillyphanatic77 - May 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Stevens deserves to be a head coach again and Vancouver would be a good place for him. I thought he did a solid job when he was here. But like most Flyers coaches, he got a raw deal and was fired after a slow start and two straight playoff losses to the Pens.

  4. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Hell, why stop there? Might as well go after the kings head coach too, right? And some players. In fact, Vancouver, why don’t you just become the kings?

    • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Dude…they’re talking about adding an assistant coach to a long list of potential candidates. What are you going on about?

      • dannymac17 - May 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        hes a sharks fan.

      • elvispocomo - May 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        …and wishes his team was more like the Kings,

    • blomfeld - May 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      great comment friend ! :)

  5. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Why stop there? Might as well go after the head coach too. And a few players….in fact, why doesn’t Vancouver just become the kings?

    • salmon90 - May 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      We heard you the first time. Still as asanine a comment the second time around.

    • blomfeld - May 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      great comment friend ! … please keep repeating it ! :)

  6. pennerismyhomeboy - May 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Thanks but no thanks. I think he’ll stay with a team that doesn’t choke.

  7. canucks30 - May 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    John Stevens is a great ASSISTANT coach

  8. swizzler16 - May 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    would rather see him than dave tippett or lindy ruff

  9. blomfeld - May 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    *** this message is intended for fans of the Canadian Men’s Olympic Diving Team ***

    “GET YOUR STINKING PAWS OFF US, YOU DAMNED DIRTY APES !”

    Like some drunk & disheveled ‘floozy’ in a late night bar who’s ‘pathetically’ hitting up on any man who will give her the time of day, sure enough here come the Canucks sniffing at the heels of the “best” there is in the business … what a surprise eh ? Well check this out ‘big man’ Gillis … F U and piss off ! You’ve been a jerk right from the very start here in Vancouver and now you’re going to enjoy the ‘Frankenstein’ of a team which you yourself have created. Trying to steal one of our coaches ? … it’s like PSST you idiot ! … we Kings wouldn’t even send you a broken hockey stick !

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