LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings named Barry Melrose their new head coach Thursday and announced a massive restructuring of their front office.
Melrose, who spent the past three seasons coaching Adirondack of the American Hockey League, Detroit's top minor league team, replaces Tom Webster who was fired on May 4.
Melrose, 35, inherits a Kings' team that finished the regular season 35-31-14 but was eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Kings also made several alterations in their front office.
Los Angeles owner Bruce McNall, who purchased the team in 1988, relinquished his role as president and would 'take on a less-active position within the day-to-day makeup of the organization.'
Earlier this week McNall, who is also the president of the Toronto Argonauts football team, was named chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors.
McNall will be replaced by Roy Mlakar, who served as the club's executive vice president for the past four years.
In addition, General Manager Rogie Vachon will become an assistant to McNall, while Assistant GM Nick Beverly will move into Vachon's post.
'Since the end of this past season, we have taken a long, hard look at the direction of this hockey club, McNall said. 'These changes today follow our goals and move us closer to our overall aim of bringing the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles.'
Melrose is the 17th coach in the 25-year history of the Kings. He played 11 years in the NHL.