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Reports: Pens, ‘Canes want to interview Stevens

Jun 17, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes have asked the Los Angeles Kings for permission to interview assistant coach John Stevens for their respective head-coaching vacancies, according to the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman also assumes Vancouver has asked, or will ask, for permission, “but I can’t prove it yet.” Stevens was a candidate to coach the Canucks last season, but the job went to John Tortorella, who’s since been fired.

The Penguins will also reportedly interview former NHL coaches Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson, while the Hurricanes will also reportedly interview Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson.

Meanwhile, Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins could be available for interviews later this week, if his team can beat St. John’s tonight in Game 5 of the Calder Cup finals. The Stars lead the series, 3-1. Game 6 is Thursday, if necessary, while Game 7 would go Monday.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    The next Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    His desire to stick it to the Flyers and his proven track record of defence/penalty killing would bode well for a pillow soft Penguins team in recent years.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      You got it all wrong if it wasnt for the Flyers Stevens would be a zamboni driver He can thank the two in the picture for his short tenure in Philly

      • chanceoffleury - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        And all 3 of them can thank Holmgren for the Stanley Cup their holding. Thanks to him, all 3 escaped and started their own winning tradition 3000 miles away from that dumpster fire of a GM.

        Best thing Philly ever did was save us all by “promoting” him. Because lord knows had they fired him he’d have ended up on my television right next to Dingleberry soon enough. For once in my life I can say with full honesty and sincerity: THANK YOU, PHILADELPHIA!

      • sizzle299 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Elmer I typically hate your comments on these boards but in this case you are 100,000% right. The Flyers put him behind the AHL bench without the credentials and then gave him a shot at the big club without really showing he was capable. The Phantoms didn’t win the Calder b/c of him, they were overflowing with talent and Berube was also coaching that squad. Stevens showed he didn’t have the chops to be a head coach and was kept on by Homer too long. It’s a downgrade.

    • flyboystransport - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Um….as a flyers fan I would love Stevens to coach the pens. Let’s not forget he was demoted in L.A.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        I love the people on here that say holmgren was an idiot for dumping these three. They had there chance to get it done an didnt. That LA team is a totally different team that’s why they won. I would of loved to keep Richards. Stevens was good for his short time but didnt have the fire to spark a team when needed. There’s a reason he hasn’t got a head coach gig since. People think he’s automatically a great head coach cause he won two cups as an assistant in a limited role where he’s better suited. Lavy was a way better coach then Stevens will every be so its hilarious to think that you would like to thank Philly for firing him cause the flyers under lavy was way better. Us over in Philly thank shero for consitantly making the pens the biggest choke artists of the league.

    • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:29 AM

      pens have one of the best penalty kills of the last 3-4 years and a 7th ranked defense.

      those arent the problems, though i agree stevens may be the man for the job with the right assistants. (rick tocchet)

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Stevens & Tocchet 2014

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Crosby aint gona like it but the METRO will

  3. jdlinder11 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Pens could definitely do worse than John Stevens.

    • randomletterskdjrnakak - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

      • esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM


      • jdlinder11 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        In the pool of known candidates he is definitely my favorite, but he doesn’t make me go “WOW!”

  4. kastout11 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I have cheered for Stevens since his stint with Philly. I cannot stomach cheering for the Penguins. As a Flyers fan, I cannot cheer for the Penguins.

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      And we are not saddened by this decision

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I have a feeling a lot of these teams haven’t hired a coach because they want to interview Willie Desjardins…and his team is still playing.

  6. killerpgh - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I thought I read something yesterday that said Stevens was staying in LA, because Sutter planned on retiring after next season and Stevens was gonna take over. Anyone else see that?

  7. slaugin - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Take Loui Ericsson please, Perfect scenario for Boston, free up some money and draft Ekblad to be Charas replacement in 2-3 years

    • killerpgh - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      WTF are you talking about?

      • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        really good question.

  8. adamdep211rukus211 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I’d rather have Stevens than Hynesor Hines

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