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03-27-2013, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by deeshamrock View Post
And Ron Hextall is Lombardi's right hand man and has been very involved in developing the players for the parent club. He 's learned from DL about how to draft right, keep a rich farm system stocked with assets for both the parent club or to trade. THey got Richards because of Schenn, they have several top prospects that they can use this year to fill the need of a top D (2 key D's down all year to injury) and a top 6 LW for the 2nd line. And having 9 picks in this years draft means he's got those to throw in as well.
I've heard Hextall interviewed and he's a very smart guy, very schooled in what it takes to create a winning environment.
Even the fact he made sure the Monarchs (AHL) have the same system as the Kings, so when you have to bring up a player, esp in the middle of a season due to injury, it's a seamless transition. ONe of the first things Darryl Sutter did after he became coach was to go to see some Monarchs games and he identified something the Kings needed size on wing. So he brought up the two biggest wingers King and Nolan both over 6'3 and 230 lbs and bring them up. They fit in right away and were both key elements in the Cup run. Seamless transition

And the fans still have enough love for Hexy that if chosen, he'd be welcomed. But the problem remains that Ed Snider would have to buy into a rebuild philosophy and have to give this team time to grow. THat's an issue.

But with his FLyers background (my fav Hexy moment is the hit on Chelios) talent he's shown in management and that Lombardi gave Hexy a lot of freedom to develop the Monarchs and make sure they kept the farm well stocked with talent, he's learned how to work the Cap, he's all about the 'building a winning culture' mentality, he's learned a lot and would be a good fit should they decide to replace the GM.
Also would keep LA as a good trading partner.
Don't give Lombardi too much credit. He went from being fired to supreme deity in 8 weeks. He also didn't draft Quick, Kopitar, or Brown. Most of the guys he's tried to develop have gone on to better things elsewhere. He was a better trader, but one thing is that there seems to be a better emphasis on defensemen. Voynov and Martinez are both excellent players. But you could say that anywhere.

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