Dean Lombardi – ‘Becoming emotionally attached again is a difficult thing’

After sending Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick, Kings GM Dean Lombardi held a conference call where he addressed a number of items, including – the trade details, injury updates, calling up prospects, what he’ll be looking for at the Trade Deadline and much more.  Here’s the first batch of quotes from the call…

– Has the evaluation of his team changed over the last few weeks: “Even though I’m sixth in seniority (among NHL GMs), this was new turf for me. I certainly had experience in building, but being at the top of the mountain is a different challenge. So, I’m not going to begin to kid myself that I have all the answers. But, the one thing this early on, as you well know, I tried to get ahead of the curve by talking to so many people about what to look for. But, quite frankly, until you experience and feel it, you really don’t have a grasp of it.

“So, when you ask about a change in evaluation, the whole team is back and they were Stanley Cup champions. I think there’s an issue of them – this whole ‘hangover’ stuff. Becoming emotionally attached again is a difficult thing. But, as I’ve said through this process and will continue to say, the challenges they faced to get to the top of the mountain, it’s a different challenge, but it’s a challenge. And they’ve shown they can meet it every time – as a very young group. So, whenever we’re going through what we’re going through, in the back of my mind I’m saying ‘These guys have shown you how they’ve gotten through the hard times. I’ve always maintained the character in that room, the competitiveness, the caring for each other – which is one of the reasons I brought them all back – not only their abilities, but the fact that they were a group that clearly care about each other and care about the right things.

“So, did the evaluation change? I don’t think that’s the right word. I don’t know. It’s probably one of those things that once you’re done getting through it, I’ll have a better handle on it. So, sorry to be so nebulous about it, but you’re talking about an emotional feeling that these guys have. Nobody got any older, per se. Nobody got over the cliff. This was a very young team last year. We have nine guys here 25 years and under. I think the only other teams to come close to that are Edmonton and Philly. So, they’re growing all the time. This is like I’ve said before, ‘I don’t know, but I’ll know when I see it.’ Some of the things I’ve seen here I can’t describe. Again, ask me when I retire. I’ll have a perfect handle on it like John McCray did.”

There was much more said during the call and we’re posting over multiple articles.  Please see the related link below for the next batch of quotes.

RELATED ARTICLE:  Lombardi on what he’s seen from Doughty, Voynov and his young D-core

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

Preseason or Not, Etem May Have Revenge on His Mind in Arizona

For Emerson Etem, his road to possibly becoming an official member of the LA Kings will start in one of the most ironic places – Arizona.
Word is, Etem will be playing for the Kings road-unit in tonight’s split-squad series against the Coyotes, which is certainly an interesting one given the 26-year-old forward’s recent past.
Let’s reset […]

Stevens on Kings Catapulting into Analytics Pool

Analytics has been the uber-hot buzzword in hockey circles over the past few years. It’s practically become an all-encompassing term referring to any numbers and data sharing even a tangential relationship to what happens on the ice.
However, some of the data being captured by teams extends Beyond just what happens during a game. In […]

Kings Prospect Aidan Dudas, Perhaps Another Hidden Gem

Much has been made about the Kings retaining their first round draft picks in both 2017 and 2018 after going several years without one due to various trades. And while GM Rob Blake has been given ample credit for placing a heavy emphasis on re-stocking a thinning prospect pool, let’s not forget one other item. […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] RELATED ARTICLE: Lombardi – ‘Becoming emotionally attached again is a difficult thing’ […]

  2. […] If you’re joining late and want to start at the beginning, click here. […]

  3. […] already posted all the comments from Kings GM Dean Lombardi in various articles today – click here to get started if you’ve missed those […]

  4. […] afternoon Kings GM Dean Lombardi said the original estimate of two to four weeks seems about right for Alec Martinez and that he was progressing just […]