The Kings were expected to announce later Wednesday the hiring of O'Donnell. He will have multiple responsibilities within the organization in a management role, primarily working with the team's fan development department and alumni relations office.
i saw some discussion in another thread last night about this and DL's hiring of former players. may take is this is part of the 'culture' Dean has created, but is now developing further. by having a strong mix of former players included in the front office operations it will provide the organization a great resource from the player's perspective.
i don't think you go 100%, or even 80% all former players. there has to a good mix of non-players that are 'professional' hockey people also. this insures you've got your bases covered.
Having someone like OD though is a resource internally for current and especially young players in the system to learn from. This may not be his main role, but i guarantee he will be around and talking to the players.