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Willie Desjardins Will Not Be Retained By The LA Kings

via the LA Kings,

LA Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake released the following statement today:

"Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach. 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."

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First Florida, then Buffalo, now LA?

Did they change the rules? I thought shitty, terrible teams were forced to keep their bad head coaches…

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/07/19 at 03:52 PM ET

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I wonder if any team will ask to talk to Bylsma.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/07/19 at 05:07 PM ET


I liked when teams had to be compensated for taking coaches/managers.  Now if you are fired and under contract that’s one thing- but i like the idea of having your staff be an asset as well.

Posted by SevensForTed on 04/07/19 at 05:42 PM ET


The Florida and LA firings make a lot of sense. Florida had a team that should have been much closer to being a serious contender. LA played just as bad after Willie was brought on board.

I don’t think they gave enough time to Housley in Buffalo. So now all those young players will be dealing with a new coaching staff yet again. I know they didn’t exactly improve under Housley but I think a young team takes patience EACH time you change staff.

Posted by evileye on 04/09/19 at 09:46 AM ET

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