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April 10, 2017 | 8:10pm ET
Kings fire Sutter, Lombardi; Blake becomes GM, Robitaille promoted
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The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi, the club announced on Monday.

Luc Robitaille has been promoted to club President and will now oversee all hockey and business operations, while Rob Blake has been named Vice President and General Manager.

TFP had been reported for the last few weeks that the Kings were expected to relieve Sutter of his duties after the team's season came to a close.

Lombardi had served as Kings President and GM since 2006, and Sutter had served as the club's Head Coach since 2011.

"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," said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, the parent company of the LA Kings.

"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."

Robitaille, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has served as Kings President, Business Operations the last 10 years.

Blake, also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, becomes the ninth GM in team history. He was named to his most recent role of Vice President/Assistant GM in 2013 and has held the position for last four seasons.

"This restructuring of the front-office will establish a single leader of the organization that will provide a unified vision, focus and alignment between the team side and the business side," said Beckerman. "It mirrors the same structure we recently implemented with the LA Galaxy and it will not only enable the integration of these two sides of the club into a single organization but will bring symmetry between the Kings and Galaxy."

Lombardi and Sutter helped guide the Kings to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2012 and 2014.

 
 
 

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