Friedman on Kings’ coaching shakeup

Rob Blake made a decisive move with his coaching staff over the weekend, and a trade could be the next weapon in the general manager’s arsenal.

The Los Angeles Kings fired John Stevens as the head coach and  Don Nachbaur as assistant coach, while making Willie Desjardins the interim new bench boss and bringing in Marco Sturm as an assistant coach.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon TV hit on NHL Network. During a larger discussion on the Kings’ changes the Insider was asked if perhaps Stevens’ message wasn’t working any longer since he had been the head coach for a year and was an assistant coach with the team before that point.

“I don’t know if it was specifically John Stevens’ message wasn’t working, but I think the Kings do feel that they needed a change in the way they approach things,” responded Friedman. “I think that they kind of looked at it as, ‘We might have to find a different way to play. We might have to find a different way of going about things.’

“And I think this is really tough on Stevens. I thought he got a great year last year out of Anze Kopitar. He kind of revitalized Kopitar’s career, the guys who worked there.

“I think this is going to be a sense of there might be a new way of doing business, and I wouldn’t be surprised… they had Pierre Turgeon on their bench last year - or not on the bench but at least in the organization as a kind of offensive coordinator. He could not come back this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to look for somebody to fill that kind of a role again to basically kind of change the way they attack the game, and play offensively.

“Now, some of that is personnel and I do think the Kings have looked at potentially making moves, and one name I keep hearing out there is Tanner Pearson to see what he can do in terms of creating a market for his services and what's out there for him.

"But I think that the best way to put it is I think they're going to look to try to find ways to coach and create offense, and see what they can do."

Pearson, 26, is in the second season of a four-year, $15 million contract, and does not have any trade protection written into that pact.

Last week Darren Dreger also shared his latest intel on the possibility of an Alec Martinez trade.


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