Kings’ problems are far deeper than John Stevens’ shortcomings as a coach

In the meantime, the Kings will assemble in El Segundo on Monday for their first practice under Desjardins, who is expected to mentor potential heir apparent Sturm after Sturm completes his obligations as coach of the German national team. Speaking to reporters during a conference call Sunday, Blake said he expects Desjardins will rekindle players’ passion and competitiveness and take them in the right direction. “We have some real good players, we need them playing at a higher level,” Blake said. Remember, Blake also thought Stevens would do that. It’s on Blake and Robitaille to give Desjardins and Sturm and anyone else who might join them the right material to win in a league that has, to all appearances, left the Kings behind.

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