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12-18-2011, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Telos View Post
It should also paint a pretty clear picture as to why it is so hard to sign any noticeable players at the position. It seemingly will forever be Lombardi's ultimate flaw. You see it quite evidently throughout his reign with San Jose as well, not only the problem with free agents, but also his struggles with offense. The Sharks were one of the better defensive teams in the league and one of the worst offensive teams throughout his tenure.
The free agent stuff really is out of Lombardi's control. It's not a Lombardi thing, it's not a Kings thing. Vancouver doesn't get big free agents. San Jose hasn't, and still doesn't after Lombardi. Anaheim lucked out once. Calgary has to sign everyone to NMC's on multi-year contracts. Edmonton isn't a destination. Colorado, even when they were great, didn't bring in many free agents of note. Phoenix has had a terrible name free agent record.

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