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04-09-2011, 01:01 AM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: North Texas
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You don't trade for a player at the deadline thinking he'll be a great help for next year's playoffs but not this year. All Penner has to do is play hard like he did last game against the yotes. He needs to bring that kind of effort every night.
Besides, why would DL dishout more than 3 mil for a one year of Poni if your theory holds true, which it clearly doesn't.
After Kovalchuk, Lombardi went to Frolov to try and get him back for the third line. Frolov said "no thanks" and signed with NY. Lombardi needed someone for the third line and had plenty of cap space this season and signed Poni to a one year deal. Doesn't hurt the Kings at all to hope for the best. Lombardi was hoping for another 20 goal scorer and it didn't happen, time to move on.
Poni is overpaid, but he's not a liability in Murray's style of 2-1 wins. Kings have plenty of cap space, so the money doesn't hurt anyone but AEG.
Of course the goal is to win the cup every year, but Lombardi is also realistic and is always planning for the future. Poni was a roll of the dice that didn't work out. No big loss. Penner is being counted on to put the Kings in a better position this season
next. Not working out yet this season, but he can still turn it around next year.
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