LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to firing coaches, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions.
Tom Webster, whose .544 winning percentage is the highest in franchise history, yesterday became the sixth coach in the past 11 seasons to be fired.
General manager Rogie Vachon, upset over the Kings' 35-31-14 regular season and first-round playoff loss to the Edmonton Oilers, informed Webster that his tenure was over during a morning meeting at The Forum.
"An overall redirection of the organization is needed," Vachon said later. "We're going in a different direction. Unfortunately, 3/8 3/8 TC feel like I have no choice but to bring in a new guy."
Webster, 42, declined to comment. His illness- and suspension-marred three-year stay resulted in a 115-94-31 record in the regular season and 12-16 in the playoffs.
Only Bob Pulford posted more regular-season wins, 178, as a Kings coach.
Vachon plans to meet with assistant general manager Nick Beverley and director of scouting and development Bob Owen this weekend, then make recommendations to owner Bruce McNall regarding coaching candidates and the direction the club should take.
Vachon said he expects to hire someone from outside the organization, which is why neither of the assistant coaches, Cap Raeder or Rick Wilson, was offered the job.