Dean Lombardi on HNIC Radio (6/23/09)
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06-24-2009, 07:42 PM
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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.
You also have to remember that the Red Wings have a winning culture where veterans want to go, whereas veterans in LA want to bolt, that's why they're considered mercenaries. Do you want the kids to be around players who have no interest sticking around? Most likely not. So again, tough situation for Lombardi if he can't find veterans who want to be here.
When Detroit brings in veterans, they were being added to what is already a solid core, not building around those free agents. That is the right way to add to your team, whereas the Rangers who attempt to build through free agency. There is the right way and the wrong way of signing free agents. When you add to what you already have like Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago have done, then you are doing it the right way. Even though Philly got immediate results from their free agent signings, that Briere contract is going to bite them in the butt.
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