When the current season is over the Los Angeles Kings management will have a big decision to make about the current coach of the Kings: Willie Desjardins. If they decided to part ways then the Kings have two prime candidates waiting a phone call. One is a coaching legend, and the other a fresh, young coaching candidate who likes challenges.

Those candidates are Guy Boucher and Joel Quenneville. Boucher started his head coaching career in Tampa Bay in 2010-11. Hockey-reference.com states that Boucher has 192 career wins, 22 playoff wins, a .505 regular season winning percentage and a .595 career playoff winning percentage. Quenneville  has 3 Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, 890 regular season wins, 118 playoff wins and was named the 1999-00 Jack Adams award winner, via hockey-reference.com. He began his coaching career with the St. Louis Blues in 1996-97.

Both Boucher and Quenneville are valid candidates, have impressive resumes and are both qualified coaching candidates. Again, all of this is solely based on the Kings firing Desjardins. Boucher might be the better decision because of his success with a team that doesn’t have daily distractions like he did with his time in Ottawa. His record was impressive with Tampa Bay and got the players to play as a team. Quenneville is the overall better decision because of his 3 Stanley Cups, career wins and overall is a better coach but he may come at a steeper price.

Whatever the Kings decide to do with Desjardins they have my full support. This coaching decision is the easy part compared to what to do with the roster, which will probably see many changes this off season.

Who would you prefer to coach the Kings next season Boucher or Quenneville? Or do you like the idea of Desjardins coming back?

(stats: hockey-reference.com)
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