Thread: Kings Article: Rich Hammond's Lombardi Interview
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01-14-2010, 04:51 PM
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So, if the Kings are 2 years away from being able to "handle" a player of Kovalchuk's ability, you pass on him as a free agent? Lombardi already passed on Gaborik, I don't want to see him pass on Kovalchuk. If Lombardi offers Kovalchuk 10+ years at $9+ million and Kovalchuk signs with someone else, that would be fine. But if Lombardi will only offer a 4-5 year deal when everyone else offers 10+ years, then I will be upset.

A player like Kovalchuk almost never hit FA at 26 years old. He probably won't hit FA, but if he does, Lombardi better offer whatever he wants.

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