-Ordinarily, I would call this a case of the GM saving his own job, but Blake is a Kings legend and very unlikely to be fired himself. He already threw Stevens under the bus the moment he went into the locker room when he excoriated the team a few games into the season.
-The Kings are still a pretty decent defensive team; about 9% better than league average. That's something.
-To that same extent, they've been poor on the offensive game. Look at this he
I can't take credit for it, heard it proposed on the radio prior to the firing. But the PK under him was always very good. He did have Richards and Carter and Gagne, but it's not like the Flyers don't have some quality defensive forwards currently.
Because Blake put Stevens behind the bench.
Yeah, Kovalchuk is warming up, a lot because Brown is back, who has come out of the gate pretty well.
Their offense will likely be okay. Their defense has not played well and Campbell is not an NHL goalie (which is not Stevens' fault). They need to bring someone--I don't know who--in that will get them to play team defense. I had no expectation of their sniffing the playoffs, but they should be better than this.