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Kings begin coaching search after letting go of Desjardins

April 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Desjardins is not a candidate to become the Los Angeles Kings next head coach. The team released a statement on Sunday thanking Desjardins for serving as the interim head coach for most of the season.

The Kings were 27-34-8 under Desjardins, who was hired on Nov. 4 as the interim coach after John Stevens was fired 13 games into the season.

Los Angeles — which is missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in five seasons — finished last in the Western Conference with 71 points and had the second-fewest points in the NHL. It is the Kings’ lowest point total since 2007-08, when they also had 71 points and tied Tampa Bay for the NHL’s worst mark.

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