The Los Angeles Kings on Monday fired coach Darryl Sutter andGMDean Lombardi, a duo that delivered the only two Stanley Cups in the franchise's history.
In their places, Kings legend Luc Robitaille has been promoted to the position of club president, while fellow Hall of Famer Rob Blake is now vicepresident and general manager.
The Kings won NHL titles in 2012 and '14but a failure to even reach the playoffs in two of the past three seasons cost Sutter and Lombarditheir jobs.
"This was an extremely difficult decision and was made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past," said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of Kings parent company AEG. "But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority."
Sutter, who was hired in December 2011, leaves with a 225-147-53 record in the regular season —the best by a coach in the franchise's history —and a 42-27 record in the playoffs, another team high.
Lombardi, who also was president, had been the longest-serving general manager in Kings history, having been in Los Angeles since 2006.
"Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise," Beckerman said. "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."