BREAKING: LA Kings Make Huge Move In Midst Of Massive Slump


It seemed to be only a matter of time. After a horrendous stretch that’s seen them win just three times in their last 17 games, they’ve decided to make a big move, firing head coach Todd McLellan. Jim Hiller has been named interim head coach for the rest of the season. 

McLellan had signed a one-year extension through the 2024-25 campaign before the season, so the Kings will still be paying him for another year. 

“We want to thank Todd for his hard work and dedication to the organization,” said GM Rob Blake. “He has done a tremendous job in moving us forward and making a positive impact on our group and in our community. This was not an easy decision, but we felt the change was necessary at this time. Jim is a well-respected member of our staff who is familiar with our players. We are confident in his ability to lead our team effectively during this pivotal time.” 

Drew Doughty, the second-longest serving King, and holder of two Stanley Cup rings, said only last week, “It’s not about the coaching staff, it’s about the players. I think the coaches on our team have done a great job."

Cam Talbot was more optimistic: "There's no panic in our room, which I think is the best part. When you go through a stretch like that, doubt can start to creep in and all that kind of stuff. And it hasn't happened in our room yet."

Hiller has been an assistant with the Kings for the past two years, after handling the same job for the New York Islanders (2019-22), Toronto Maple Leafs (2015-19) and Detroit Red Wings (2014-15).

The 3-8-6 stretch has led to the Kings falling to 4th place in the Pacific Division, and with 56 points still have a handle on the top Wild Card spot out West, but they'll need to turn things around ASAP to keep their grip on a playoff position.

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