Kings fire Stanley Cup-winning duo Sutter and Lombardi


Los Angeles Kings have fired coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi - a duo who delivered the only two Stanley Cup titles in the franchise's history.

The Kings triumphed in 2012 and 2014 but a failure to even reach the play-offs in two of the last three seasons has cost the pair their jobs.

Sutter, who was hired in December 2011, leaves with a 225-147-53 record in the regular season - the best by a head coach in the franchise's history - and a 42-27 ratio in the play-offs, which is another team high.

Lombardi, who was also president, is the longest-serving general manager in Kings history, having been in Los Angeles since 2006.

Kings legend Luc Robitaille has been promoted to the position of club president, while fellow Hall of Famer Rob Blake is now vice-president and general manager.

"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 organisation is the highest priority.

"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."