Did Lombardi do enough for this team at the trade deadline?
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05-07-2013, 05:22 PM
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Didn’t read all the posts, but IMO the Kings made a strategic decision to not make any drastic change to the roster in the off season due to the lockout and a couple of injuries.
With the injuries and top lines signed, I believe this was an easy decision. Why cut up a team that can hopefully re-boot and move forward, than try to adjust with multiple new players in a shortened season with many questions going into 13-14.
This overall thinking I believe drove the trade deadline decisions to do basically nothing. The long term injury to Mitchell was the only reason the Regehr trade was made, nothing else.
The reality is and based merely on finishing position, that strategy did move the Kings into a better finishing position. Now can that be parlayed into another Cup, probably not. Unlike last season when the Kings owned Vancouver like a Pimp ***** slapping his Ho, they will be a sore bunch after the St. Louis series.
But, by not making drastic moves then, IE moving Bernier/Voynov… for a potential 1-hit wonder in the off season. The Kings have solidified their position in the following seasons by being patient and make the other teams come to them for talent, not the other way around. That is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, see our own history year 1 thru about year 44. I believe Lombardi learned this from his San Jose days at the end and in Philly.
I think it is far more important to be a sold franchise, win and then make the move(s) at the deadline to make a run. Rather than trade and sign like an idiot at the start of the season constantly then spend the deadline trying to root out the cancer, then repeat.
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