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Lombardi, Sutter get contract extensions
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01-14-2013, 04:08 PM
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I get what you are saying, but I thought the team as a whole started player considerably better towards late February - early March, right after they acquired Carter. Let's not forget that Carter came back from an injury and got hurt shortly after he was acquired.
Let's also not forget to acknowledge how different the team looked when Dwight King and Jordan Nolan were inserted into the lineup. Lombardi probably has to thank Sutter for that move. Sutter spent time watching the kids in Manchester during the All-Star break and decided to bring them up. This was after the Kings wised up and waived Ethan Moreau and Trent Hunter.
Lombardi saved his job by hiring Darryl Sutter. It took some time but the team finally took off when they started playing that Sutter style of hockey. Had Lombardi stuck with Terry Murray, he'd most likely be looking for a job today.
I totally agree, but I just don't think that late season surge would have been enough to save DL's job. Had the Kings missed the playoffs, it would have been an epic franchise failure. Ownership would have done something...and I doubt they would have let the current management team give it one more try.
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