DO THE KINGS NEED TO GET FASTER OR TOUGHER?
The Blues and San Jose gave the Kings their money’s worth last playoffs. In the off season, they both got Ram tough. The Kings added Dan Carcillo as well. Okay, so maybe the Kings just got a little more coo coo for cocoa puffs.
But they also added the Lightning McQueen speed of Matt Frattin (but lost the Craig Johnson-like speed of Brad Richardson).
Do the Kings sacrifice some of their 4th line punching bagness (Nolan, Clifford, Fraser) for speed, scoring and actual talent (Toffoli, Pearson, Vey) or do they UPGRADE their 3rd line to ADD even MORE toughness? Say, a Steve Ott? Or should they just trade for John Scott to punch everyone in the face?
During his tenure as Kings GM, maestro Lombardi has orchestrated 59 trades. As I’ve mentioned here quint amount of times, Lombardi has NEVER made a trade in November as GM with the Kings and has only made ONE trade in the month of October (a whopping Bob McKenzie deal breaker involving Stephan Legein with the Flyers. Shocking!)
So I went back to look at the deals he made while a GM with the San Jose Sharks.
From 1996 to 2003, Lombardi made 69 deals.
Not ONE came in October. Is he just too chicken shit to pull the trigger, or is he more like a Jewish old lady who can’t make up her mind at the deli counter? Only THREE came in November.
Jeff Norton, Nov 11th, 1998
Mike Ricci, Nov 20th, 1997
Dave Lowry, Nov 13th
Looking back, there are a number of mind blowing deals.
In 2007 he traded 2 picks (4th and a 6th) to acquire a 4th round pick from Washington in order to draft Alec Martinez. With that 4th round pick, Washington selected Braden Holtby.
In the Michael Cammalleri deal that saw the Kings acquire a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick, the 1st round pick was used in the trade to acquire Colten Teubert and the 2nd round pick was the throw-in Lombardi had to make in order to acquire Justin Williams. That 1st round pick was used on Jake Gardiner > Colten Teubert.
In 2010 he traded 2 picks (2nd and a 4th) to acquire a 2nd round pick from Colorado in order to draft Tyler Toffoli.
Here’s something I didn’t know (other than how to speak Portuguese). I was always curious as to why Dean Lombardi gave up a 2nd round pick to the Av’s for Brad Richardson.
In 2003, while a GM with the Sharks, Lombardi traded Bryan (the asshole) Marchment to Colorado for a 3rd round pick and a 5th round pick, which Lombardi used to draft… you guessed it… Brad Richardson.
The Buffalo Sabres threw down the gauntlet early this NHL season by trading their biggest asset in Thomas Vanek bringing back a Kings ransom in Matt Moulson, a 1st and a 2nd. Considering Thomas Vanek was very much worth JUST a 1st and a 2nd, Buffalo GM Darcy Regier made out like a shoplifter at a National Federation of the blind convention. If he flips Matt Moulson for a 1st, he might not have to sit next to Jamie McLellan and his ears.
Let’s not forget these same Buffalo Sabres were two defensive injuries away from playing in the Stanley Cup. This was a team with Brian Campbell, Chris Drury and Danny Briere.
Briere and Drury left as a free agents because unless you’re Dustin Brown, living in Buffalo sucks.
Campbell was a late season deal which saw him traded to the Sharks (who STILL couldn’t manage a trip to the finals) for Steve Bernier (who singlehandedly helped the Kings win a Stanley Cup) and a 1st round pick used to select Tyler Ennis.
Since 2002, Buffalo has drafted:
1. Keith Ballard (1, 11) – 2002
2. Daniel Paille (1, 29) – 2002
3. Thomas Vanek (1, 5) 2003
4. Clark MacArthur (3, 74) 2003
5. Jan Hejda (4, 106) 2003
6. *Drew Stafford (1, 13) 2004
7. Andrej Sekera (3, 71) 2004
8. *Patrick Kaleta (6, 176) 2004
9. Chris Butler (4, 96) 2005
10. Nathan Gerbe (5, 142) 2005
11. Mike Weber (2, 57) 2006
12. *Tyler Myers (1, 12) 2008
13. *Tyler Ennis (1, 26) 2008
14. Zack Kassian (1, 13) 2009
15. *Marcus Foligno (4, 104) 2009
16. *Mark Pysyk (1, 23) 2010
For the record, despite having a brother-in-law on the team, the Kings have about as much of a reason to sign Matt Moulson as I do for losing weight.
Much like Teddy Purcell benefitted by playing with some non-King named Stamkos, Matt Moulson benefitted from playing with John Tavares. He won’t be putting up those numbers in Buffalo and with Darryl Sutter’s insufferable defensive system, Moulson would fit about as well as O.J.’s glove.
The Islanders may be a good team, and may even be better with Vanek playing with Tavares, but the Islanders are not a good defensive team and… well… they’re like the old Oilers. Nobody gives a shit what you did when most of us weren’t alive.
Since 2008-09, under Todd McLellan the Sharks have a 220-108 record (plus 10-1 this season) record and ZERO Stanley Cups to show for it.
Does anyone miss Davis Drewiske? Anyone?
Brad Richardson has more goals than…
of the top 40 scorers in the NHL, only 7 are left wingers
Alexander Steen (10, 5)
Jiri Hudler (5, 8) – possible deadline acquisition
Daniel Sedin (4, 8)
Milan Lucic (6, 5)
JVR (5, 6)
Chris Kunitz (4,7)
Jamie Benn (3, 8)
Flyers owner Ed Snider met with the Pope last week. They’re 2-0 since. Coincidence?
What’s this world coming to! Dexter Manley gets booted from his job for calling Troy Aikman “queer” and I can’t use the word FAG on Words With Friends???
What’s wrong with calling Troy, “odd, strange, unusual, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny and eerie?” That’s the dictionary’s definition! As for “fag”, I smoked several during my break tonight… wait… that didn’t come out right.