Kings fire Cup-winning coach Darryl Sutter, GM Dean Lombardi

Coach Darryl Sutter left and president  GM Dean Lombardi were fired Monday by the Los Angeles Kings

"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.



Latest news

Facebook built a virtual Facebook. Here is what we know so far
Upon first entering Spaces with a VR headset, a user has to create her or his avatar as a digital representation of their persona. Back in October, Facebook Social VR Product Manager Mike Booth said the company plans to launch their social VR app very soon.

Theresa May accused of 'opportunism' over election by EU Brexit negotiator
Liberal Democrat leader Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place. Opinion polls put the Conservatives , who now hold 330 of parliament's 650 seats, way ahead of Labour with 229.

Windies names squad for final ODI vs Pakistan
On a batting-friendly wicket at the Providence Stadium, West Indies could manage a mere 5 wickets. However, Pakistan is yet to be confirmed for participation in World Cup to be held in 2019.

Kids' Reactions to Unicorn Frappuccinos Are Priceless
I expected no different of myself as I strolled into a Starbucks Thursday morning, ready to get my gross, sugary drink on. Braden's video started out with the back history of the Unicorn Frappuccino and then he talked about what is in the drink.

March home sales hit record high, Canadian Real Estate Association says
The government is also planning on extending rent control to all private rental units, including those built after 1991. Wynne says the plan will make buying or renting a home a fairer and more affordable process for residents in Ontario.

Other news