Posted December 18, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Los Angeles Kings are expected to have their new coach in place later this week, which means John Stevens will get one final chance at the helm of the sputtering team. Before Darryl Sutter takes over, Stevens will try to help the club bounce back from its most lopsided defeat in two-plus seasons Monday night against the host Toronto Maple Leafs. Sutter has signed a multi-year contract and will be introduced Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Kings' official website. Interim coach Stevens, 1-2-0 since taking over for the fired Terry Murray last Monday, is expected to remain on the staff through the rest of the season. The former Philadelphia Flyers coach was in charge when the Kings ended a five-game skid Thursday with a 2-1 win in Columbus, but he hasn't found a way to improve Los Angeles' struggling offense in his brief tenure. The Kings (14-14-4) have scored two goals or fewer in 11 consecutive games and needed many more than that in an 8-2 loss at Detroit on Saturday....
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