It appears the Vancouver Canucks have a new coaching candidate.
The Canucks requested permission to speak with Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, according to Hockey Central insider John Shannon.
Stevens has spent the last three seasons on the Kings coaching staff, winning a Stanley Cup with the club in 2011-12.
Before joining the Kings, he was the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2006-09. He compiled a 120-109-34 record and led the team to the Eastern Conference final in 2007-08.
He as well spent six seasons as the head coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms.
Stevens was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (No. 47 overall) of the 1984 NHL Draft. He played a total of 53 games where he recorded just 10 assists.
The Canucks have already interviewed Dallas Eakins before he was hired by the Edmonton Oilers and could be focusing on Stevens.
Alain Vigneault was relieved of his duties by Vancouver after seven seasons. He was the all-time leader in Canucks coaching wins.