On the possibility of adding a more experienced player, ala Robyn Regehr, to the team for next season:
“That’s the one thing about this group; people forget how young they are. But, they’re not young in experience. People put these young guys down because they’re all 27 and younger. They’ve been to the Conference Final three times. That’s all experience is. We’re incredibly fortunate to have that many players 27 or under who have been through those wars. So, in a way, they are veterans. It’s just that they don’t have the mileage usually associated [with that term], which is exciting for us. As far as the Robyn’s, I totally agree – we all know how important those guys were to the process, but there is also a time for what I talked about earlier; there is enormous growth potential in Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Carter, and Muzzin, and all these kids. They saw how Robyn Regehr conducted himself. Now it’s your turn. And, no doubt, it’s time. Essentially, that’s where we always wanted to get.
“Your best players are your hardest workers and they take over the room. And they have a chance to do that with two Stanley Cups under their belt. They’re still growing as human beings. Deep down, we all know they’re good kids, and they’re not perfect, but I’m expecting big things out of those three and a number of other ones in that room. I’m expecting [Quick, Doughty, and Kopitar] to come back… they’ve never been at the top of our list, in terms of conditioning. I think that’s going to be the first step for these guys, ‘OK, it’s my turn.’ We shouldn’t have to import that anymore. That’s kind of the way we look at this. The training wheels are off. It’s your show.”
For a detailed look at the off-season roster moves being contemplated by the LA Kings, be sure to check out our recent MayorsManor feature story covering more than a dozen players. Plus, the remainder of Lombardi’s comments are linked below.
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