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Kings Fire Head Coach, General Manager After Missing The Playoffs

Darryl Sutter. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Kings have announced the firing of both Head Coach Darryl Sutter and General Manager Dean Lombardi, reports ESPN.

Former Kings defenseman Rob Blake has been installed as the new GM. Luc Robitaille, another former Kings great, has been named team president, reports the L.A. Times. Before their new roles, the two were serving as assistant GM and business executive, respectively.

The move comes after the Kings failed to land a spot in the upcoming playoffs. This is the second time in three years that they'd missed the post-season. When they did make the playoffs last year, they made a quick exit after a thorough beating by the San Jose Sharks. Needless to say, the last three seasons have been a spectacular letdown, especially when you consider that they'd just won the Stanley Cup in 2014.

Lombardi was appointed to the GM position in 2006. Sutter arrived as head coach in 2011. The Kings won two championships under their tenures.

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