Dean Lombardi on HNIC Radio (6/23/09)
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06-24-2009, 08:34 PM
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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
Which is one of the big reasons I do not like when people say they want the Kings to be the next Red Wings......The Red Wings acquired many of those Hall of Fame players through free agency and trades.....but many Kings fans do not want to give up assets or pay too much to get those types of players.....so the Kings are no where near the Detroit Red Wings model.
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