Kings looking outside of organization for potential new coach hire

Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman break down the biggest stories in the NHL, focusing on the Buffalo Sabres’ search for a coach and Ilya Kovalchuk potentially coming back to the NHL.

After head coach Darryl Sutter was fired earlier this month, there’s been a lot of speculation about who might take on the role for the Los Angeles Kings.

Will the organization look within to fill that vacancy, or will an outsider be brought in to stir things up?

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the latter may be likely now.

“I think it would have been a slam dunk if Dean Lombardi were still there that [current associate head coach] John Stevens would be the next coach of the L.A. Kings, but I’m starting to hear that they are looking elsewhere,” Kypreos said during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment.

Kypreos added that now that Rob Blake has been promoted to vice-president and GM, he may look elsewhere for Sutter’s replacement.

“We knew that John Stevens signed that contract, after they won the Stanley Cup, that associate coaches usually get when they don’t want their associate coaches looking elsewhere, but now maybe the L.A. Kings are,” Kypreos said.

And while it’s only speculation, Kypreos couldn’t help but toss out a potential name.

“I wonder, guys, if even Rob Blake would look at a former teammate of his in Colorado, Patrick Roy,” he said, before adding with a smile, “Yes, I’m stirring the pot right now.”

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