This could be the most important week of Dean Lombardi's six seasons as general manager of the Kings.
If he acquires a high-impact scorer by the trade deadline of noon Pacific time Monday, he can salvage a season that began with high expectations but descended into a grim battle to score goals and make the playoffs.
Failure to reach the postseason could cost Lombardi his job and there would be no reason to argue he should stay.
The only elite player available and able to deliver the necessary scoring jolt is Columbus left wing Rick Nash, who reportedly listed the Kings among teams he'd be willing to join in a trade. The Blue Jackets are asking a lot for him. It's up to Lombardi to negotiate an acceptable price, and that's an iffy proposition.
Columbus also offered center Jeff Carter but he's riskier because he's signed through 2021-22 and has sulked since being traded from Philadelphia to Columbus. So it looks like Nash or nothing significant enough to make a difference.
Bleh. I can't help but read it in her condescending know-nothing voice... Not that she is wrong.
Originally Posted by damacles1156
Is anyone else kind of shocked AEG hasn't really said much ?
What are they supposed to say? I don't recall ever having significant contact with them through the media in the regular season, usually it is in the offseason just to "reassure" us that they will spend what it takes and to ask for more money from the fans.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
Not even a quote or a source to backup what you're spewing. I wouldn't even have published that.
Not trying to defend DL here, but there's also no reson to argue he should go, simply because that's TL/AEG's call, and none have come out and said boo about DL, good or bad. The entire fanbase and media could be calling for his dismissal, it still only matters what AEG says, and thus far it's been nothing.
Plus Carter's a risk because of his contract, but Nash isn't? Nash's might be a few years shorter, but it has a much bigger cap hit. Carter's total cap hit starting next season is $52,727,270 for the remainer of his contract. For Nash, it's $46,800,000. In terms of total actual dollars owed, Nash is due $47,400,000 for the rest of his contract starting next year. For Carter, it's $52 million.
Carter's contract is also front-loaded. He only makes a combined $7 million over the last three years of his deal, while Nash's contract grows slightly each year, maxing out at $8.2 million in the final year.
Carter could actually have some value as a low cost option to get to the salary cap floor for a team like the Islanders towards the end of his contract.
I'm much more comfortable with Carter's contract than Nash's.
LOL. Actually I was expecting her to drop a sledgehammer on this team weeks ago, instead, I feel like she used the rock hammer it took Andy Dufresne 17 years to chip his way out of Shawshank Prison with.
I get the ticket price increase now. Even the Kings are feeling they are going to miss the playoffs, and they will need to make up for that loss income of no playoffs and having to pay another GM and coaching staff during the off-season
This article is crap. No insight, no thought process behind it. Whatever.