Kings fire Cup-winning coach Darryl Sutter, GM Dean Lombardi

Former LA Kings player and longtime executive Luc Robitaille has been promoted to team president while former defenseman Rob Blake is now vice president  GM

Former LA Kings player and longtime executive Luc Robitaille has been promoted to team president while former defenseman Rob Blake is now vice president GM

Beckerman did not name a replacement for Sutter, the third coach to be fired since season's end, joining Willie Desjardins of Vancouver and Lindy Ruff of Dallas. Blake also said he would speak to and lean on Michael Futa, who has been the club's vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel, but didn't say if Futa will stay. "Our decision was based on just needing to make a change". I'm not disagreeing with that, but at the same time we didn't tune Darryl out.

Assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn were also let go. Then came another remarkable run to the second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. They added a fourth straight win to start the season, but then collapsed with a nine-game losing streak (0-8-1).

"We will never take their contribution for granted", he said. He was obviously disappointed.

The Los Angeles Kings on Monday fired coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi, the duo that led the franchise to its only two Stanley Cup championships.

Los Angeles is promoting former Kings greats Luc Robitaille to president and Rob Blake to vice president and general manager. Lombardi and his executive staffs were instrumental in the Kings winning the Stanley Cup in both 2012 and 2014.

Sutter's record in five-plus seasons with the Kings was 225-147-53, setting a franchise record for the most coaching victories.

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Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of Kings parent company AEG, made the announcement on Monday evening in a statement. "But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority", said Beckerman.

Sutter replaced Terry Murray in December 2011 and guided Los Angeles to a 25-13-11 mark and an eighth-place finish in the Western Conference.

Sutter, the stoic Canadian farmer, is still popular among most Kings fans.

"Words can not express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise", Beckerman said. They led us to the two Stanley Cup championships. In addition to long-term injuries to starting goalie Jonathan Quick and forward Marian Gaborik, they've ranked no better than 14th in goals scored per game the last three seasons. Blake has been Lombardi's assistant GM for four years, while Robitaille has been with the team since 2007 as the president of business operations. The highest scoring left wing in National Hockey League history, under Robitaille's leadership the Kings have had a tremendous overall impact on the Kings Business Operations department - revenue has doubled - including the areas of Sponsorship Sales and Renewal, Fan and Customer Relations, Game Entertainment, Media Relations and Broadcasting.

The Kings plan to introduce Robitaille and Blake into their new roles during a press conference on Tuesday. After a bounce-back season past year in which they lost the Pacific Division title in their 82nd game, the Kings were easily knocked out of the first round by the Sharks last spring.

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