Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi was a guest on NHL on The Fly Monday night.
Here are the basic highlights. Note – these are near exact quotes, but partially paraphrased for brevity…
* The up and down year for the Kings is par for the course when you’re dealing with young players. After starting the season 12-3 some guys thought this was going to be easy and they forgot how hard they have to work. We won a lot of early games when we didn’t actually play that well. I hope we’ve learned from it. I think we have.
* Have you learned anything that changes how you approach the trade deadline? No. Many parts of our plan are coming together. Maybe some of our young players took a stumble, but in most cases our projections for where we’d be are pretty much on the mark. We knew then and we know now what we need.
* We haven’t looked back on not completing a deal with Ilya Kovalchuk because that deal never made sense for us. We have a strong nucleus that’s starting to come together. They need time to mature and we want to keep them together. We felt coming into the year we’d be one of the best defensive teams and we are. We’d like to improve the offensive, but not at the expense of doing something extreme.
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