Coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi were the Los Angeles Kings' leaders during the best years of the franchise's mostly ordinary history.
When they couldn't replicate that success over the past three seasons, not even their Stanley Cup pedigree could keep their jobs secure.
The Kings fired Sutter and Lombardi on Monday, abruptly dropping the duo that led the franchise to its only two NHL championships.
The Kings promoted former defenseman Rob Blake to vice president and general manager after four years as Lombardi's assistant. Longtime team executive Luc Robitaille was promoted to president in charge of all hockey and business operations.