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Kings get permission to talk to former Flyers coach John Stevens

John Stevens, dismissed as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers last December, is “a strong candidate” to join the Kings' coaching staff as an assistant next season, Kings Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday. However, no announcement is expected today.

The Kings requested and were given permission to talk to Stevens for the opening created when Mark Hardy resigned last week. Hardy voluntarily entered an alcohol treatment program after he was charged with felony fourth-degree sexual abuse May 21 in Washington, D.C.

Stevens was fired 25 games into the season after the struggling Flyers had compiled a 13-11-1 record. Under his successor, Peter Laviolette, the Flyers rebounded to win the Eastern Conference championship and lost a six-game Stanley Cup final series to the Chicago Blackhawks last week.

Adding Stevens would turn the Kings into Flyers West: Hextall, General Manager Dean Lombardi and Coach Terry Murray previously worked for the Flyers.

-- Helene Elliott

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