"We believe this team has the core in place to compete for the Stanley Cup", Robitaille said.
AEG, the world's leading sports and liver entertainment company, and owner of the Kings, announced on Monday that Dean Lombardi, the team's President and General Manager since 2006, and Darryl Sutter, head coach since 2011, have both been fired.
Rob Blake has been promoted to vice president and GM while Luc Robitaille was named the team's president. Both were promoted in the seismic front-office shakeup immediately following Los Angeles' failure to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Kings season media and photo credentials will allow access into STAPLES Center for tomorrow's press event, which is scheduled to feature Beckerman, Robitaille and Blake. Already, this season has seen three coaches be fired. But the team has fallen off a bit in the last three years, missing the playoffs twice (including this season) and getting knocked out in the first round once. The Kings won two championships under their tenures.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi may also face a similar fate, as his future with the organization may be in limbo based on the club's performance over these last three seasons. Robitaille has been the Kings' president of business operations for the past 10 years.
Couple Sutter's Kings résumé, which included a playoff appearance in 2015-16, with the Stanley Cup-contending marks he racked up in Calgary and San Jose over the past decade or so, and all of a sudden the pool of jobless head coaching candidates looks pretty enticing.
Lombardi has one-year left on his contract, while Sutter has one-year remaining plus an option.
"We have to kind of step aside here and go through a whole list of things", newly appointed team vice president/general manager Rob Blake said.
Blake, was a longtime Kings' defenseman and also a member of the NHL Hall of fame. The writing was more on the wall for Lombardi, who has struggled to assemble a deep enough roster to get Los Angeles back to contenders in the West.
With the active support of Lombardi, Sutter molded the Kings into a defense-first team focused on crisp puck possession and grinding play in the offensive end.
The Kings, under Lombardi and Sutter, seemed unable or unwilling to budge from their old-school ways and failed to adapt to a faster, younger, cheaper National Hockey League.
While Sutter seemed reluctant to rely on youngsters in previous seasons, he gave plenty of chances to young players this season.
While Carter and Doughty had their usual outstanding seasons, Kopitar - who recently got an eight-year, $80 million contract from Lombardi - had the worst production of his 11-year National Hockey League career with just 52 points.
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