It was reported by Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman that Assistant General Manager Mike Futa and the Los Angeles Kings have parted ways. Pending approval from the Kings, Futa will have the opportunity to speak with other teams.
Not exactly sure of terminology here, so going with this: LA and assistant GM Mike Futa are parting ways. Futa, whose expertise is draft and amateur scouting, is allowed to talk to other teams now. Kings still have director of amateur scouting Mark Yannetti to run their draft.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 11, 2020
Following the tweet sent out by Friedman, the Los Angeles Kings made the official announcement regarding Futa:
“The LA Kings will not be renewing the expiring contract of Mike Futa. We appreciate his contributions to our organization and are thankful for his effort and dedication.”
Futa leaves the King’s organization after a lengthy, yet respectable 13-year term. The capacities Futa held withing the organization is quite impressive. He was brought on for the 2007-08 year as a co-director of amateur scouting for the team that he held until the 2013-14 season. Later, he was promoted to VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel. In the 2017-18 season, he began his role as assistant general manager. Futa was also known for his role as general manager of the Ontario Reign, the Kings AHL affiliate.