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Kings fire John Stevens, name Willie Desjardins as interim coach

Kings fire John Stevens, name Willie Desjardins as interim coach

What amounted to an 11th-hour win wasn’t enough to save John Stevens’ job as coach of the Kings.

General manager Rob Blake has been concerned about his team’s lack of emotional investment and inability to play a faster style. With the Kings sinking fast at 4-8-1, Blake fired Stevens and assistant coach Don Nachbaur and named Willie Desjardins interim coach on Sunday, about 12 hours after a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“It hasn’t gone the way we expect it to, and we haven’t played the way we expected to,” Blake said. “What Willie will bring — what we want to bring back — is we want to get the compete level up in our players. We’ve got to get the passion back in...

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