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Former Blues coach Davis Payne to join Kings’ staff

Davis Payne

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, St. Louis Blues coach Davis Payne watches his team practice during NHL hockey training camp in St. Louis. The Blues announced Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, that Payne has been relieved as coach and is being replaced by Ken Hitchcock, who will be formally introduced during a news conference on Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)


Former Blues coach Davis Payne wasn’t without a job for too long.

Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider reports the Los Angeles Kings are set to name Payne as the team’s new assistant coach. Payne will replace Jamie Kompon who took a job with the Blackhawks.

At 42 years-old, Payne has the experience of being an NHL head coach after leading the Blues for two and a half seasons as well as being a former head coach in the ECHL and AHL. Now he joins the defending Stanley Cup champions alongside Darryl Sutter and will likely work with the team on their power play.