Dean Lombardi was introduced as the new general manager of the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, replacing longtime GM Dave Taylor.

Taylor was fired by the Kings on Tuesday after guiding the team for nine seasons.

Lombardi, 45, was most recently a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has previous GM experience in the NHL, having spent almost seven years with the San Jose Sharks before being fired in March 2003.

The Sharks improved steadily in each of the first six seasons under Lombardi, eventually winning the NHL Pacific Division in 2001-02.

However, the Sharks stumbled the next season, posting a lowly 26-33-6 record before Lombardi was shown the door with 10 games remaining.

The Kings posted a 42-35-5 record and finished 10th overall in the Western Conference this season, six points out of a playoff berth.

One of Lombardi's first jobs will be to hire a new head coach. Interim coach John Torchetti and the rest of the L.A. coaching staff were also fired Tuesday as part of the Kings' housecleaning.

with files from Associated Press