Dean Lombardi on HNIC Radio (6/23/09)
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06-24-2009, 07:25 PM
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The thing about the Red Wings is they did not throw their young players to the wolves...they were all brought along slowly learning from future hall of fame players Yzerman, Hull, Shanahan, Hasek, Robitaille, Federov, Larionov, Lidstrom and Chelios.....what future hall of fame players have the Kings gotten to learn from?
Problem is the team Lombardi inherited didn't have that strength, but he has surrounded the organization with veterans who have that experience and have had some success in the league. Having Robitaille, Hextall, Ranford, Hardy, Emerson, etc. providing their input and being accessible for the young players to communicate with is integral.
Lombardi did make an attempt to bring in veterans, but as he stated, they were more like mercenaries who were looking to win now and had no interest, ties or connection with the Kings. Different situation in Detroit with Yzerman and Lidstrom being there since they were rookies. Unfortunately the Kings didn't have the luxury of having their veterans stick around.
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