LOMBARDI: Update on Darryl Sutter contract negotiations included.
LA Kings President/General Manager Dean
Lombardi, shown here addressing the crowd
at their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship rally at
Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography
LOS ANGELES — The local media requested time with Los Angeles Kings
President/General Manager Dean Lombardi
about two weeks ago, but after initially acknowledging the request, there was nothing but silence from the Kings communications staff until the evening of May 5, when we were told that he would be available the next morning for a media conference call.
So why the long wait? As it turns out, the Kings are in deep, philosophical thought about all aspects of the team and hockey operations.
“I haven’t been avoiding you,” Lombardi began. “So if I give you a little preamble without going into particulars, after we got over the punch in the gut, I think we had to re-evaluate everything.”
“I think the theme of the last couple weeks—it started with the amateur scouts, and I’ll make it very simple,” Lombardi continued. “I think we talked about this after we had won the first Cup, and remember, I had told you I had talked to a number of people. Despite what a lot of those people told me, they also warned me that you’re not going to understand it, probably until you go through it.”
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