When the Los Angeles Kings decided to fire Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi after a dispiriting 2016-2017 NHL season, many around the league questioned how the team would move forward. When the Kings announced the hiring of John Stevens and Rob Blake, they were criticized for sticking with familiar faces as the two had ties to the franchise.
With Stevens and Blake now in the fold for the Kings, it was easy to assume that the team would only see a subtle shift in play style and philosophy. Most of the team’s struggles have come when scoring the puck and it appears they have decided to address the issue as the Kings announced the hiring of Pierre Turgeon:
“The LA Kings have named Pierre Turgeon as an Assistant Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens.”
Luc Robitaille expressed the team’s excitement about adding Turgeon:
“We are thrilled to bring Pierre Turgeon aboard to join John Stevens and our coaching staff. For the first time in LA Kings history, we will have one coach strictly dedicated to an ‘Offensive Coordinator’ role.”
Bringing Turgeon on as the offensive coordinator is a good move for a franchise that finished last season near the bottom of the league in points scored. While there are concerns that Turgeon may not be effective as a coach due to his inexperience, it is still refreshing to see the Kings try to address an area of need.
Turgeon had a successful NHL career, scoring 1,327 points in 1,294 appearances. If Turgeon is able to carry his success on the ice to the sidelines, the Kings may find themselves in the postseason sooner rather than later.