INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Larry Robinson is out as coach of the Los Angeles Kings after his team failed to make the playoffs three of the last four years, The Associated Press learned today.

A source close to Robinson, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the coach was informed during a 30-minute morning meeting with general manager Dave Taylor.

The Kings scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. EDT at the Forum.

Robinson was in the final year of a four-year contract. He declined to sign an extension that was offered last September when the team was struggling.

Robinson, who won six Stanley Cups during a Hall of Fame playing career with the Montreal Canadiens, had a 122-161-45 record in four seasons, with the Kings' only playoff appearance ending in a first-round sweep by St. Louis last season.