Marc Crawford was fired as coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday after his team finished with the fewest points in the Western Conference this season.
He spent two seasons with the team and had a year left on his contract.
"In the end it just comes down to fit," Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon. "It's just a gut call on fit."
Lombardi said in postseason meetings he and Kings owners have decided to get younger rather than try to create an immediate cup contender, and Crawford wasn't the coach to do it.