Tag Archive for Dean Lombardi

Los Angeles Kings 2011-12 Season Preview

It’s that time. Game #1 is three days away (at 10am on a Friday, but I’ll take it). Now that Drew Doughty has signed, the roster is more or less set. The fanbase — if the internet contingent is any indicator — is somewhere between gleeful and giddy. Fans of other teams are reverse-trolling us…

The History of 50 Goal Scorers After Age 26

Before you read this post, I want you to play the following thought experiment. We’ve all heard the various hypothetical/rumored long-term deals bandied about for Ilya Kovalchuk, everything from a (now considered shortish) seven years to an unimaginable 15 years. It’s generally assumed that any deal cap-friendly enough for the Kings (or Devils) would have to be in the…

But That’s Not What He Said

From Kukla’s Corner, with headline boiling-down Hammond: Kings Plan to Keep Frolov This Season Rich Hammond lf [sic] LAKings Insider has a Q & A with GM Dean Lombardi, Question: If, over the next few weeks, it seems unlikely that anything will happen there (Frolov contract), does that influence what you do with him? LOMBARDI:…

WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS?

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…

From Frozen Royalty: Lombardi Makes Cryptic Prophesy

“I’m always looking for the next piece,” Lombardi said in a recent interview. “We’re right on schedule. I met with the owner back in July. We talked about if he was happy with our record. This is the way I saw it, this is my projection on what we’re going to need to be a…

Spector Says Brown Won’t Be Traded For All the Obvious Reasons

Dustin Brown to Atlanta as part of a deal for Kovalchuk?  Ain’t happenin’. Brown’s their captain, part of the corps of young talent around which management has rebuilt the Kings, he’s among their leading scorers and one of their best physical players, plus they’ve got him signed to an affordable $3.175 million per season for the…

Note to players making more than $3 million per year: just because you’re playing the system and it’s all about the team and you’re paying attention to the little things DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T TAKE OVER A GAME AND STEAL A FEW

The nice thing about buying-in to the system is that, in theory, if you take the leap of faith, the system works. And, lo and behold, the system does work. For the most part, the Kings are the best team they’ve been since the beginning of the decade, and for the most part the players…