Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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and the Los Angeles Kings
EL SEGUNDO, CA — A little over six years ago, when Dean Lombardi
took over as President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings
, the team was, for all intents and purposes, a mess, both on the ice and off.
Lombardi’s plan, to tear down the team completely and rebuild it through the draft, not to mention completely changing the culture of organization, generated significant support from fans.
But Lombardi also drew the ire of many detractors who claimed that a championship team could not be built without bringing in established stars, and as the team struggled and failed to make the playoffs in his first three season at the helm, the numbers of his detractors seemed to grow exponentially, and their voices grew louder and louder.
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