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Desjardins will not return as Kings coach next season

Replaced Stevens on Nov. 4, was 27-34-8 with Los Angeles @NHLdotcom

Willie Desjardins will not return as coach of the Los Angeles Kings next season.

The announcement was made Sunday, one day after the Kings finished the 2018-19 season with a 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

"Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach," Kings vice president and general manager Rob Blake said. "We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough and expansive search for the right person to lead our team."

Desjardins replaced the fired John Stevens on Nov. 4 after the Kings started 4-8-1. He was 27-34-8 with Los Angeles (31-42-9), which was last in the Western Conference, had an NHL low minus-60 goal differential and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

The 62-year-old previously coached the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17. He is 109-110-27 in 246 NHL games.

The Kings were 30th in the NHL this season and have a 13.5 percent chance of winning the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

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