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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
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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