John Stevens, we hardly knew ye.
Yes, the inevitable Los Angeles Kings hire of Darryl Sutter as the permanent head coach was made official on Saturday, the same day as the Montreal Canadiens decided they, too, needed to shake up the coaching staff.
The Habs decided they'd had enough of Jacques Martin while sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference and let the veteran go, hiring Randy Cunneyworth as interim head coach.
Both teams promptly reacted to the news with losses to conference rivals. Funny how that works sometimes.
Sutter signed a contract a few days ago but needed to wrap up some family matters and receive the proper immigration clearance. That’s expected to come through on Monday, and he will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
After the jump, more behind-the-scenes photo greatness from the road trip, how Jamie Benn developed his wonderful wrist shot and how not to make a line change.
- Still waiting on the final installment, but this behind-the-scenes photo page does feature the greatness of Razor dashing across Times Square for a pretzel. [DallasStars.com]
- Before the Stars lost to the New Jersey Devils on Friday, Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika held a fan chat where he tackled subjects like Sheldon Souray, Eric Nystrom, the playing of "Three Blind Mice" at arenas and full-contact wall tennis. [DallasNews.com]
- With no practice or player availability on Saturday, Mark Stepneski takes a look back at how last night just continued the problems the Stars have had with the second half of back-to-back games. [ESPN Dallas]
- Could there be another Benn-dozer on the Stars soon? Jordie Benn is trying to make that case with his play in Austin. [Austin American-Statesman]
- The funniest part about this official site article was Nicklas Grossman accusing Philip Larsen of picking up Loui Eriksson's southern Swedish accent. I didn't realize there was a difference in Swedish accent by region, though I guess I would have if I thought about it enough. [DallasStars.com]
- Can someone please explain to me the Canadian obsession with freaking out about which country a dual-nationality player chooses to play for? I mean, I love me some Jamie Oleksiak, mostly because he conjures up The Addams Family for me, but the entire top half of the article treating him like he's a saint for choosing to play for Canada is a bit much. [Edmonton Sun]
- Remember when The Fourth Period tried to stir up all sorts of internet trade rumors about Kyle Turris (still waiting on those reports, guys)? Well it was all for naught as the malcontent Phoenix Coyotes forward was traded to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. I don't think he'll be buying a vacation home in Arizona. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy: Teemu Selanne got cheers from the Winnipeg Jets faithful, some of whom can't seem to remember his records are actually with a different franchise, but his Anaheim Ducks continued to struggle with a 5-3 loss. [USA Today]
- Around the Pacific Division, the losers: Fresh off the announcement of a new coach, the Los Angeles Kings went out and laid a huge egg for their interim coach in an 8-2 loss to Detroit Red Wings. And the Phoenix Coyotes thought they were headed to overtime before Brad Richards broke their hearts to hand the New York Rangers a 3-2 win. At least he can still do some good things for Dallas. [Los Angeles Times/Arizona Republic]
- Around the Pacific Division, the winner: Patrick Marleau was the only player to score in the third period as the San Jose Sharks won again, this time 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Pity Martin Havlat. He'd done so much to shake the injury-prone reputation the last three seasons with the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks and then, well, this happened. [Puck Daddy]
- Speaking of that last-second Coyotes loss, you can relive it in all its glory here. Now, the Anaheim Ducks also scored with 0.1 seconds left on the clock against the Stars earlier this year, but that was the end of a period, not a game. Plus this involves the New York Rangers, so the attention is magnified by about one billion.