The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly seeking permission to speak to Los Angeles Kings associate coach John Stevens about their head coaching vacancy, but have yet to hear back, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
This bit of news comes as Los Angeles Times reporter Helene Elliott reported earlier that the Kings had given permission to other teams to interview Stevens. The Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, and Canucks are all looking for new head coaches. Presumably, the Stars and Rangers both got permission and the Canucks have not.
It could be the Kings haven’t responded to the Canucks request yet or they are choosing not to grant them permission. The NHL next season—of course—are realigning their divisions and conferences next season. The Canucks and Kings are going to be part of the seven-team Pacific Division, so the Kings probably would much rather if Stevens went to the Midwest Division Stars or the Atlantic Division Rangers.
Stevens is has been widely regarded in Vancouver media as the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as head coach of the Canucks.