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Jim Hiller is named the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings


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Sam Jones
May 22, 2024  (11:37)
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The Los Angeles Kings have taken a definitive step forward in their leadership structure by promoting Jim Hiller to the permanent head coach position, removing his interim title after a noteworthy stint.

Hiller, initially the assistant head coach, stepped into the role following the dismissal of long-term head coach Todd McLellan due to the team's underwhelming performance.
Under Hiller's guidance, the Kings showcased a promising record of 21-12-1, though their playoff journey was cut short by the Edmonton Oilers in just five games. This move to confirm Hiller as head coach reflects the organization's confidence in his capabilities and rapport with the team, despite the mixed success.
The decision to stick with Hiller might raise some eyebrows considering the high-profile alternatives available, such as Woodcroft, Evason, Granato, and Sullivan, each bringing their unique set of strengths and weaknesses to the table. Factors like inexperience and inconsistent playoff performances were likely considered in the Kings' decision-making process, leading them to favor a familiar face who has already built a connection with the players and understands the team's dynamics intimately.
This strategic choice underlines the Kings' desire for stability and continuity as they aim to leverage the existing synergy between Hiller and the roster. With a group of young, talented players ready to elevate their game, the Kings are positioning themselves as potential dark horses in the coming seasons.
As the Kings navigate this transition, the hockey community will be watching closely to see if this internal promotion pays dividends in the highly competitive and unpredictable landscape of the NHL. The full endorsement of Hiller suggests a belief in his vision and leadership style, which will now be put to the test as he assumes full responsibility for the team's fortunes.

This development could indeed mark a turning point for the Kings, offering both the team and Hiller a chance to prove that continuity and in-house advancement can lead to sustained success in the NHL.
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MAY 22   |   37 ANSWERS
Jim Hiller is named the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings

Do you believe the Kings will benefit from this move?

Yes, it's the right move1437.8 %
No, they should've gotten someone else2362.2 %
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