Dean Lombardi: Missed Opportunities, or Not?
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02-23-2011, 11:54 AM
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Great post Whiskeypete, very insightful and shows how inept overall DT's scouting department was.
Of note, DL didn't trade away four guys from the 2003 draft class, he traded away three. DT traded away Tambellini himself in the Parrish+Sopel for Tambellini+Grebeshkov trade.
Its not so much that DT and scouting were inept, its that he didn't build a program to develop players.
You put some of those draft picks in Detroit, New Jersey, or, ironically, San Jose--which DL built--and they flourish becoming career NHLers.
Its about the staff as much as the players.
Roy Sommers (Longest tenure AHL Coach), the late Warren Strelow (legendary Goalie Coach), Ray Tuft (USA Olympic Trainer), Mike Alderich (USA Equipment Manager) were hired under DL's tenure at San Jose. Strelow aside, they are still all with the Sharks.
When you build a strong program it attracts free agents to take less (see Malhorta, '10), star players sign extensions for less than market value (Thornton, Marleau), and star players waive their "No Trade Clauses" to play for you (Heatley).
I understand what DL is doing because he laid that foundation in San Jose.
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