Dean Lombardi on the LA Kings using injuries as an excuse

More from Kings GM Dean Lombardi following today’s press conference where Darryl Sutter was announced as the LA Kings new head coach…

– On injuries this season and if the team was different with Mike Richards in the line-up – “You could say that – or Drew, if you want to go to the holdout, then Drew getting a concussion, then Mike going out. But the reality is, every team deals with it. That’s always going to be the case. So, what do you need to learn (from it)? Hey, when these guys are out, Stollie, Brownie, Kopi, you have to pick it up. Again, that’s part of the process. I don’t think you can use injuries. And I don’t think the players feel that (way either). In talking to them a lot this week, I never got that sense that they were using injuries as an excuse. I think they were pretty good about (saying) – ‘Hey, we gotta be better.'”

– On the sense that he did get from the players – “The one think about this group, and I think it’s critical, there’s no question they care. If you don’t care, then you can’t push and you’re never going to get to where you want to go. (Last) Monday was hard on all of us. Then, meeting with them again on Wednesday, I don’t doubt that they (felt) accountable, there is a sense. I think they all respected Murph [Terry Murray], as we all do. There was no question, to a man, they thought he was a good man. In the end, I think I like the way they handled it. It wasn’t easy. And it wasn’t an easy meeting on Wednesday either. But, there were no punches pulled. Sometimes the ones you get maddest at the most are the ones you love the most.”

More to come.

Already posted – Lombardi on identity, expectations and the Red Wings nearly trading Steve Yzerman (read it here).

The Mayor 

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