They are three of these four things:

1) A top-line sniper.

2) A 3rd line crusty playoff-savvy veteran who pisses people off and can say some wise things in the locker room. (e.g. whoever the new Mike Ricci is, or Esa Tikkanen.)

3) A playoff tested veteran back-up goalie. (e.g. Chris Osgood; you laugh, but you also would be very happy to have him as your back-up if Quick were to get hurt in the playoffs; I actually think a trade for him is not unlikely, especially if Detroit becomes a seller [!]; but I also frequently project my own thoughts onto Lombardi, so ignore if you wish.)

4) A legitimate second line center.


  6 comments for “WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS?

  1. Sam
    January 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I agree with those. I actually think Biron might be a nice get a back-up. Him or Rollie from the Isles. As for second line center, I guess it depends what you think a second line center should do. For some its defensive responsibility and checking the other team’s best line. In that case Zeus fits the bill great. If its secondary scoring the Kings don’t have a great option but a good one with Stoll. I’m holding out for Schenn as a second-liner with Kopi for years and years and years.

  2. January 13, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    The second-line center is potentially in the system already (Schenn or Loktionov) so I agree that it’s the #4 “thing”. I have a feeling that Lombardi would prefer that the crusty vet play defense. #1 on your list is something that most other teams in the NHL need as well. They’re hard to find, and usually you have to create another hole to fill that need.

  3. quisp
    January 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    re schenn and loktionov

    I totally agree. I took the “3 things” to mean needs that can be addressed from within or via trade.

  4. roadtripper
    January 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    the three things are…



    …not to mention

    ~ a REALLY fast top-6 forward who can back the D off.
    ~ a REALLY nasty D-man who the opposition does NOT want to go to the net around.



  5. January 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    So long as none of them are more draft picks, I’m good.

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