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04-09-2011, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Sydor25 View Post
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 and next. Not working out yet this season, but he can still turn it around next year.
It has nothing to do with the system. If it did, guys like Simmonds and Clifford would have struggled in their first year under TM but they didn't. These guys succeeded because they play their ***** off. And that is what Penner needs to do.

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