Kings general manager Dean Lombardi confirmed to Rich Hammond of lakingsinsider.com that Payne -- who was fired by the Blues 13 games into last season -- will replace Jamie Kompon on coach Darryl Sutter's staff.
Payne was named interim coach of the Blues during the 2009-10 season after Andy Murray was fired, and went 67-55-15 in parts of three seasons He's also coached in the AHL and ECHL. He led the Alaska Aces to the Kelly Cup championship in 2006.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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