Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said assistant coach John Stevens, who has been with the club three years, is expected to speak with the Rangers about replacing John Tortorella, the L.A. Times reports.
It is unclear when that will happen; the Rangers are not discussing the search. President and General Manager Glen Sather is conducting organizational meetings at his home in La Quinta, Calif.
Stevens, 47, grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. A defenseman, he was drafted by the Flyers in 1984 and played 53 games with Philadelphia and the Hartford Whalers. He was captain of both the Springfield Indians and the Philadelphia Phantoms when they won the AHL’s Calder Cup. An eye injury ended his career in 1999, and he won the Cup again as a coach of the Phantoms. He coached the Flyers from October 2006 to December 2009, and compiled a record of 120-109-34. The club made the playoffs twice during his tenure, and advanced to the conference finals in 2007-08, losing to the Penguins.
The Kings already gave permission to the Vancouver Canucks to talk to Stevens, who handles the defense for coach Darryl Sutter.
Would Stevens accept a job in New York as an assistant to a former No. 11 if that turned out to be the way things shake out?