The Los Angeles Kings announced sweeping changes to their front office Monday, firing longtime general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter in the process.
Assistant general manager Rob Blake was promoted to GM while longtime Kings business executive Luc Robitaille was named team president.
The changes come after the Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. They haven’t won a playoff round since winning the Stanley Cup in June 2014.
Lombardi was let go after 11 years at the helm. He built a team that won the Kings their first two Stanley Cups in franchise history, both with Sutter behind the bench.
“This was an extremely difficult decision and was made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past. But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority,” Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said in a statement