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06-16-2011, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Tikkanen View Post
"The Mentor" was a position created by Dean Lombardi to cover up his mistakes. The difference between having a great player showing you the right way to play the game and a slow, over paid 3rd line center show you are great. The Kings have lacked great players for years and the young players have suffered as a result. When Blake, Sydor and Zhitnik were coming up as Kings they had Larry Robinson, Paul Coffey and Marty McSorley show them the ropes. You learn from future HOFers, not career long journeymen grinders on their last legs in the NHL. Dean is about to take his usual 3 week long nap anyway, he'll be back about July 10th ready to dive head first into the dumpster.
I actually agree with the main point you are making. I don't understand the need to sign the Thorntons, McCauleys and Handzus's of the world to 'mentor' the kids about the 'right' way to play. I guess this has always been this franchises' greatest problem, the lack of a culture of success. Don't know any other way of fixing this except drafting great talent, something DL has excelled at.

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