Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 10:30 AM
The president/CEO of the Los Angeles Kings will explain Tuesday the firing of coach Darryl Sutter and team president/general manager Dean Lombardi, who guided the team to two Stanley Cups, but missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons.
Sutter and Lombardi were fired Monday, one day after the Kings completed the season 39-35-8.
“This was an extremely difficult decision and was made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past,” said AEG President/CEO Dan Beckerman. “But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority.
Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise. They built this team and helped lead us to two Stanley Cup championships and will forever be remembered as all-time greats in Kings history.
But with that level of accomplishment comes high expectations and we have not met those expectations for the last three seasons. With the core players we have in place, we should be contending each year for the Stanley Cup. Our failure to meet these goals has led us to this change.”
A successor to Sutter was not announced. He had been the team’s coach since December 2011, and was the winningest coach in Kings history with a 225- 147-53 regular-season record. He coached them to Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014.
Luc Robitaille was promoted to club president and Rob Blake to vice president and general manager.
Robitaille, a Hall of Famer who had been president of business operations, will oversee all hockey and business operations. Fellow Hall of Famer Blake will direct the team’s day-to-day hockey operations after being vice president/assistant general manager since 2013.
Lombardi had been general manager since April 2006.