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01-10-2011, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by JT Dutch View Post
... 100% agree. While I've grown to appreciate the guys the Kings got in return for Visnovsky, the trade was absolutely in poor taste and put in my mind an idea of Lombardi being a "do as I say, not as I do" type of guy. One off-season after two All-Star type seasons didn't warrant that kind of treatment; it was just another case of Dean going "this isn't my guy, so I can't wait to have an excuse to ship him off."
This is so much baloney. Kopitar was not "Dean's guy" yet he received a big contract and wears an "A". Brown was not "Dean's guy" but signed a great deal and wears the "C".

Does your universe have a place where players are accountable for their own performance and what they get and don't get is based on that?

Lombardi made a mistake in giving Lubo the extension. I am sure it was not an easy decision, but if you look back at the trade at the time Lubo did not really fit with this group in terms of his age. He had been banged up a little. Difficult to say that the trend for his performance might not be on the decline. He was also given an "A" in his last season and didn't really step up. He deferred on the ice to Blake way too often and was a turnover machine in his own end.

It was a solid trade for the Kings and a good hockey move for the team.

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