Monday, April 10, 2017

Kings Fire Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter

After missing the playoffs for two out of the last three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings have severed ties with head coach Darryl Sutter and General Manager Dean Lombardi. The organization announced that Luc Robitaille was named club President while Rob Blake was named Vice President and General Manager, and will direct all day to day hockey operations for the organization.

Sutter and Lombardi teamed to bring the Kings two Stanley Cups in three years. Sutter began his tenure in December of 2011 in Los Angeles and later in the same season he guided the Kings franchise to its first Stanley Cup in its 45-year history. The Kings would win the Cup again two years later.

Lombardi was hired as President and General Manager of the Kings in April of 2006. He drafted Drew Doughty, the No.2 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Lombardi and Sutter were proponents of heavy hockey and stacked their lineup with big, physical players. But the faster-paced hockey that has been featured in the NHL over the last few seasons has made the Kings' roster look a little archaic.

Robitaille, a former Kings' legend, was named the club's President of Business Operations in May of 2007. Blake, also a former Kings' star, was named the team's Assistant General Manager in 2013. He was also the General Manager for Team Canada at the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Both Blake and Robitaille are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.