Dean Lombardi: The Architect
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09-04-2012, 09:09 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Wanted to share this article with the board:
It's a very lengthy read but it goes into detail on every transaction that Dean Lombardi made in his attempts to rebuild the Kings. Looking back, there were so many trying years that tested the fans' resolve and loyalty.
Right around the time the team was struggling in December, many fans (including myself) were calling for Dean Lombardi's head. He had to do something. He did so by hiring Darryl Sutter. I recall not many were enthused with the hiring, but there were some willing to give it a chance. As most of us already knew, Dean Lombardi wanted to bring Sutter back in a coaching role as far back as 2006. The Sutter hiring was probably the turning point for the Kings in 2012.
Personally, I can't believe it's been six years since Lombardi took control of the team. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago, then again, I think most of us have washed away the memories of Brian Willsie, Kyle Calder and Jason LaBarbera being members of the team.
It shows you how far we have come.
I totally forgot about Wontsie.
I remember laughing that Calder was a fourth liner with the Ducks a year after he was a top six forward with the Kings and that was how far behind the Ducks we were at the time.
Armstrong was the guy you knew would show up every night and every shift.
Cloutier refind how to suck.
Frolov and Cammy were the fan favorites.
Zeiler had that one good game.
Bringing in Scuds, Stoll, and Greene really turned the rebuild ar oul”joIyrènd. Getting Mitchell was like the first drink at home before you go out drinking. and then the Flyers and the meddling kids from Manchester took the party to another level.
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