The Los Angeles Kings decided to clean house Monday after missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
General manager Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America and head coach Darryl Sutter were both fired. Meanwhile, Luc Robitaille was named team president and will oversee all hockey and business operations and Rob Blake was named general manager and he will oversee day-to-day hockey operations, according to NBC Sports.
“This restructuring of the front-office will establish a single leader of the organization that will provide a unified vision, focus and alignment between the team side and the business side,” AEG president/CEO Dan Beckerman said in a statement. “It mirrors the same structure we recently implemented with the LA Galaxy and it will not only enable the integration of these two sides of the club into a single organization but will bring symmetry between the Kings and Galaxy.”
Sutter guided the Kings to two Stanley Cup victories and made it to the 2013 Western Conference final. Lombardi had been with the organization for nearly 11 years and was responsible for building those championship teams.
Needless to say, the Kings do need a change of pace and it looks like a rebuild could be coming to the Southland.