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LA Kings name Todd McLellan as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Kings have hired Todd McLellan as their new Head Coach. He replaces Willie Desjardins, who departed after the season.

Desjardins took over on Nov. 4 for John Stevens, who was fired after a 4-8-1 record. Desjardins guided the Kings to a 27-34-8 record as the Interim Head Coach.

New Los Angeles Kings head coach Todd McLellan and general manager Rob Blake look on during a press conference introducing McLellan as the new head coach of the Kings at Toyota Sports Center
Todd McLellan and general manager Rob Blake look on during a press conference introducing McLellan as the new head coach of the Kings at Toyota Sports Center (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Since the 2014-15 season, the Kings have rotated between missing the playoffs and making the playoffs. In 2014-15, Los Angeles missed the playoffs. Then, during the 2015-16 season, the team lost in the first round of the postseason.

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During the 2016-17 season, the team missed out on the postseason once again. However, the following season, the team lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Then, during the 2018-19 season, the team missed the playoffs once again.

The 51-year-old Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada native was most recently the Edmonton Oilers head coach. He was fired after 20 games during the 2018-19 season.

At the time of his departure, McLellan guided the Oilers to a 9-10-1 record. As the Edmonton head coach, he went 123-119-24.

He guided the team to the playoffs once in his tenure, losing in the second round to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2016-17 season. Besides being the Oilers’ head coach, he also was the San Jose Sharks’ head coach.

He went 311-163-66 with the San Jose, California-based team. Twice during his tenure there, he guided the team to the Conference Finals.

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Both teams, the Sharks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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