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06-21-2009, 07:44 PM
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Dean Lombardi Interview Series

Hello everyone.

I just read the first part of a series from an interview with Dean Lombardi one-on-one with Gann Matsuda on Frozen Royalty. In this first part, DL talks about Goaltending and Defense.

Here is the link to part 1:

http://frozenroyalty.net/2009/06/21/...e-goaltending/

Here is the link to part 2: (posted 6/23/09)

http://frozenroyalty.net/2009/06/23/...d-of-schedule/

Part 3: http://frozenroyalty.net/2009/06/24/...ams/#more-2305

Good Stuff!


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“Remember, he went down back to junior, pouted for awhile and everything else,” Lombardi explained. “Even this year, when we called up Quick, [Bernier] did not work hard in practice. He thought this was going to be an easy ride to the NHL.

“[Bernier has] always been one of the top goaltenders in Canada his whole life,” Lombardi elaborated. “It’s all been fairly easy because he’s so talented and he thought he would go right to the Kings. When it didn’t happen, he didn’t want to work hard. One of the biggest complaints we had was, ‘you’re not coming up here until you learn to work hard in practice.’ He didn’t do it. When we called up Quick, he kind of went over the way on us. We actually called up [goalie prospect] Danny Taylor. We played him in Manchester.”
Wow, I knew Bernier had trouble dealing with it but I didn't know he was being such a brat.

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Wow, I knew Bernier had trouble dealing with it but I didn't know he was being such a brat.
Goal tenders have egos! Good part is he seems to have popped his head out of his arse toward the end of last season...make sure you don't omit stuff lol

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Wow, I knew Bernier had trouble dealing with it but I didn't know he was being such a brat.
When Patty Roy calls you the greatest goalie prospect in the world 2 years ago you kind of get a big ego.

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When Patty Roy calls you the greatest goalie prospect in the world 2 years ago you kind of get a big ego.
This is true but with everything else in life, you need to EARN it

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This is true but with everything else in life, you need to EARN it
Easier said than done when for most of your life your god given talent gives you everything on a silver platter.

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Gann writes a fine story.

Pretty straightforward stuff. I like that they are trying to mold prospects to the system even when they are playing with non-affiliated junior teams.

Dean does like to bring up Fukufuji a lot. Maybe he just enjoys saying Fukufuji... I know I do.

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To be fair, I think if we're going to discuss Dean's treatment of Bernier we also have to include this part of the interview:

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Then it was time for a bit of tough love, but Bernier responded.

“[We told Bernier], ‘no more free rides,’” said Lombardi. “You’re a first round pick and that’s great, but you’ve got to get it done. To his credit, in the last month, it’s like the light bulb went off and he said, ‘OK, I’ve got to start looking at myself here and start competing.’”

‘I remember [Kings assistant general manager Ron] Hextall went down [to Manchester] and said, ‘wow…what a change,’” added Lombardi. “He’s working his tail off in practice, he almost got that team in the playoffs, he played really well down the stretch in some big games. Now we can say, ‘OK…now he’s starting to figure it out.’”

“With Quick here, [Bernier has] made progress down in the minors. Now they have to keep going and we’ll see where they are when they come in for development camp and then where we go from there.”
So it sounds like Bernier needed to mature and is responding. I think Dean is right though, once Bernier makes this a consistent part of his training, look out. Unfortunately, a long summer is a good time to get complacent. Training camp will say a lot.

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Bumped for a part added today! This one is on being ahead of schedule according to DL.

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Part 3 is up:

http://frozenroyalty.net/2009/06/24/...ams/#more-2305

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Part 4

Since I didn't start this thread (thanks Muzzfan!), I figure I can post this...

New On HockeyTalk: Dean Lombardi On Anze Kopitar, Free Agency

This is part 4 of the series. Part 5 will be available after midnight on Friday, 6/25.

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Since I didn't start this thread (thanks Muzzfan!), I figure I can post this...

New On HockeyTalk: Dean Lombardi On Anze Kopitar, Free Agency

This is part 4 of the series. Part 5 will be available after midnight on Friday, 6/25.
Good stuff. I like how he is calling out Kopitar now. He has the talent and the potential to be one of the elite players in the league. I hope he is taking this very seriously this off-season, because I want to see a #1 franchise center next season...

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Good stuff. I like how he is calling out Kopitar now. He has the talent and the potential to be one of the elite players in the league. I hope he is taking this very seriously this off-season, because I want to see a #1 franchise center next season...

Agreeeeed.

Each part of this series just gets better and better Gann.

Though there are really no new ideas from Lombardi here, there just seem to be a bit more coherence than usual. I attribute that to Gann's writing and interviewing skills.

I particularly liked his elaboration on Kopitar's development vs. adding a winger for him.

In essence, I agree that Kopitar should up his game before getting a winger to feed off of (or feed to, more accurately). He does need to get stronger and when Lombardi says that Kopitar's improvement is perhaps the single most important thing to the franchise, I have to agree with him.

We all knew it when he first stepped on the ice. Kopitar is our future. Doughty now too, and Quick and Bernier as well. But Kopitar above all else immediately struck us all as OUR guy. We thought he'd be there now, but he stumbled for a year.

I could see Dean trading for a big goal scorer around December, more as a reward to Kopitar if he does do all the things Lombardi is asking of him. It's kind of funny to watch this little struggle play out in interviews between Lombardi and Kopitar and Brown. I don't sense any animosity, but Kopitar says "I want help on the left wing", then Dean says "Forget it, get better." Then Kopitar commits to staying here and working out over the summer and now Lombardi says "OK, you get your **** together, and then we'll get you that shiny new winger, because I admit you need it."

I am OK with that line of thinking. We want to compare to Chicago and Pittsburgh so much about their big acquisitions, but Toews and Kane already proved they could lead Chicago before they signed Campbell and Huet. Same thing in Pittsburgh, the young guys stepped up and then were surrounded with the FA's. If Dean has it is his mind that he will pull the trigger on something soon after he sees the commitment he expects from Kopitar, I'm all good with that. Because he is right, if Kopitar won't commit like he needs to in order to become a truly dominant center, then no Gaborik or Hossa or Havlat will give us the future we think we have.

That said, standing totally pat is also total horse****.

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Scouting And Development Are Cornerstones To Dean Lombardi’s Efforts

Scouting And Development Are Cornerstones To Dean Lombardi’s Efforts

Final installment in the series. Hope you've all enjoyed the stories based on this interview and thanks for the kind words!

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Tremendous insight into the Kings and their draft/development process. The 5th installment has been my favorite but great interview all around!

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