April 7, 2019 | 1:25pm ET
DESJARDINS OUT AS KINGS INTERIM COACH
The Los Angeles Kings have informed interim head coach Willie Desjardins that he will not be brought back next season, sources have told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.
Pagnotta first reported the news via Twitter earlier today.
The LA Kings have informed Willie Desjardins he will not be brought back. Kings will have a new head coach shortly.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 7, 2019
Desjardins was brought in as interim coach in November but failed to make any ground in the standings.
The Kings are in the process of interviewing head coaching candidates, with former NHL head coaches Todd McLellan and Alain Vigneault among the candidates for the position, TFP has learned.
According to TFP Sr. Writer Dennis Bernstein, the Kings would like to “move quickly” in hiring their next full time head coach.
Update (2:17pm ET): The Kings released a statement on the move, with comments from GM Rob Blake.
“Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach,” Blake said. “We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough search for the right person to lead our team.”