Kings deny Khabibulin interest (Boston Globe)
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09-07-2008, 11:57 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
This is one time where I'll agree with what Dean Lombardi is doing. The fact that someone even mentioned Kopitar to Chicago for Khabibulin needs to have their head examined. What a bad, bad, bad trade for L.A. if they did that.
With that being said, Lombardi has positioned the team to tank this year in order to get a shot at Tavares or Hedman. He made no effort to reach out to any of the UFAs to help rebuild the blue line, he made no effort to reach out to any of the UFA goalies to help stabilize the goaltending situation until Bernier's ready. Instead, he's given everyone the excuse that 'we're going to fill positions from within' and give the usual speech that the team is going to be 'young, but we're going to work and play hard and play disciplined hockey.' In other words, we're going to suck, but we just can't come out and say it.
Say what you want about drafting Doughty, Teubert and Voinov, but the defense needs a hell of a lot more than three promising defensemen. They needed a veteran or two to help anchor the D while the youngsters are ready and Lombardi failed to deliver. It also leads me to wonder whether he was informed by team owners to put a team on the ice that's floor level so that they wouldn't have to spend much money because L.A.'s in the red anyways.
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