Tag Archive for Dean Lombardi

Found: my first comments

I’ve been strolling down memory lane, in the form of the archives of Rich Hammond’s first Kings blog, Inside the Kings. I believe I found my first three comments on the blog, which are interesting (if only to me) because of how naively optimistic I was about the 2007-08 season, and because of how different…

Er, no they didn’t

Terry Murray returning with the Adirondack Phantoms – ESPN (Scott Burnside) Although the Kings lobbied to have Murray’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup, Murray’s name was left off. GM Dean Lombardi ensured, however, that Murray will receive a Stanley Cup ring, a nod to the work Murray did in helping establish a defensive identity…

Do the Right Thing, Dean! (part two)

So, today the HHOF released the first picture of the Kings’ names engraved on the Stanley Cup. Imagine my ecstasy when I saw that the picture did indeed include the name of Andrei Loktionov! There it was, tacked onto the end of the last row, the only player’s name to be out of alphabetical order,…

When playing the right way is wrong

It has often seemed odd to me that Dean Lombardi would draft players like Oscar Moller, or sign undrafted gems like Teddy Purcell or Matt Moulson, if he really expected them all to play like Mike Richards.

Is it really the case that every line has to be defensively responsible to the same degree and in the same way? Under Terry Murray, it often seemed like the first three lines were all designed to be ​the same, or at least, to play defense the same way.

Why the Kings won’t get stale — and why they will

Does Dean Lombardi want to stand pat? – Jewels From The Crown Usually, Cup-winning teams lose a face or two in the offseason. But every roster player who was an unrestricted free agent re-signed with the Kings, even though they likely could have made more on the open market. This tidbit from Elliotte Friedman caught…

Why I prefer to just say no to Doan

Going into next season with the roster intact (which, by the way, is some kind of miracle) is a silver lining inside a cloud no-one is talking about yet. The conventional wisdom is that a huge contributing factor to Stanley Cup hangover is the fact that the team has just played 100+ games compared to most teams’ 82, and have had only a few weeks to recover, compared to half a year. Players are banged up. Old players, exponentially so.

I coined a new term: “giamenemy”

giamenemy (n), 1. portmanteau of G.M. (General Manager) and enemy; e.g. “Lombardi’s giamenemy, Steve Tambellini, lied about the status of Gilbert Brule.” (pl., giamenemies). I’m putting that in my dictionary, right next to the list of NHL GMs as verbs, as in, “Oh crap, I’ve been tambellinied!” “I really howsoned that guy,” “He just sat there burking…

King Parise?

As I tweeted a few hours ago, if the Parise market is indeed in the high $6MM AAV range (we keep hearing 12 years, $80MM-ish), that’s not outrageous for the Kings. $80MM divided by 12 is $6.67, lower than Kopitar’s 6.8, lower than Doty’s 7. Even with Penner re-signing at $3.25MM, there’s room. How much…