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03-15-2013, 06:13 PM
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Iginla as the vet who got close once but still looking for the Cup is a nice idea. He would currently be a luxury for the Kings though. The clear need is for either the D on the roster to play better, or to add a defenseman in a trade.

Defensemen aren't cheap. You focus on that position though.

In 2010, Lombardi didn't know what he had yet. It was their first time in the playoffs. So he nibbled around the edges with Modin and Halpern. They gave the Canucks a good run, and maybe could've made that series closer than what it ended up being.

In 2011, Lombardi had a better idea of what he had, so he spent a little more to get Penner. Unfortunately Kopitar went down, but the Kings still ended up with a decent chance to take the Sharks out. 3 of those games went to OT. Obviously Game 3 happened, but the Kings were looking at going up 2-1 in that series before everything went crazy.

In 2012, Lombardi had an even better idea of what he had, and went all out for Carter, going so far as to trade a significant roster player in the deal.

Lombardi will do something. Exactly what, who knows. The question, with Iginla or a defenseman, is what is it worth to potentially win consecutive Cups. We know what going for, and ultimately getting, that first one was worth. You always have to keep an eye on the future, but the chance to do two in a row doesn't come around often.

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