Kings promote assistant John Stevens and re-sign Davis Payne and Bill Ranford

The Kings on Wednesday took a step toward planning for the day Darryl Sutter is no longer their coach. Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi announced assistant John Stevens was promoted to the new job of associate head coach, an indication he’s in line as Sutter’s replacement. What’s more, assistant coach Davis Payne and goaltending coach Bill Ranford were given new contracts.

“Our coaching staff has been an integral part of the success of our team the last three years,” Lombardi said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased that they will remain part of our team and continue together as we strive for excellence.”


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Report: Kings assistant John Stevens front-runner for Vancouver position

John Stevens, an assistant coach with the Kings for the past three seasons, is considered the front-runner for the vacant Vancouver Canucks head-coaching position and is expected to be interviewed by the team later this week, according to a report. The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, reported on its website that the defensive-minded Stevens would be a good fit for the Canucks. Vancouver fired Alain Vigneault after the San Jose Sharks upset the Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.

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