The Kings needed a new coach after Darryl Sutter had become more irritating to players than inspiring, and John Stevens was familiar but fresh and ready to move up from associate head coach to the top job.

The Kings needed to improve their anemic goal production and invigorate their offense to compete with faster teams, and Stevens got the job in large part because of his plans for the offense to attack with pace and speed down the middle of the ice and get the puck to dangerous scoring areas.

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