Marc Crawford FIRED!!!

According to a press release from the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Marc Crawford has been fired.

Now when you consider that the franchise has been in the cellar the past few seasons, it seems like a no-brainer to get rid of the head coach. But if you look at the progress of the young players, namely Brown, Kopitar and O'Sullivan. Problem was, he didn't trust them to play them more. It took each player great strides to gain his respect, while the vets were given a lot of leash. And we know how that went.

His biggest mistake was backing Dan Cloutier, and he has apologized profusely for that. That single move set the entire goaltending core back three years.

As we already know, L.A. is rebuilding from the ground up. They've revamped the farm system and stockpiled it with talent. They're one of the best clubs who have figured out how to deal with working under the salary cap. And the future looks bright, with the Kings really in no position but to get better.

It's just that the franchise's future never really had a place for coach Crawford, methinks. Dean Lombardi has had a plan for the franchise from day one, and I'm sure that upgrading everywhere, including at head coach, was part of it. I'm sure he's got a short list on candidates.

Now when the preseason starts, it will definitely feel like a fresh start for everyone, ready to put last season's complete crapper behind them and truly focus on making the playoffs.

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