Thank You Columbus
1) Jack Johnson + #1 pick (CBJ choice of 2012 or 2013) for Jeff Carter –
Carter was about as excited at playing in Columbus as Manny Ramirez was for the Dodgers. Scott Howson thought he was giving Lombardi a roofie and doing bad things to him at the time of the trade, but Lombardi not only grabbed a #1 Center… actually a #2 since Kopitar was already here.. he reuniting him with his old Dry Island friend from Philadelphia and that helped the Kings win their 1st Stanley Cup ever.
2) Scott Howson NOT taking the Kings 1st round pick in the Jack Johnson deal in 2012 and instead waiting until 2013 (where the NEW GM selected Marko Dano)
The pick Columbus did NOT want turned out to be TANNER PEARSON who is not only on the Kings roster but reminds every executive looking for a GM that Scott Howson made a bigger mistake than picking up a lady in Thailand only to discover…
3) Taking that absolute BUST Matt Frattin +2nd and conditional 3rd and handing the Kings Marian Gaborik.
Marian must have felt the same things Jeff Carter felt because he was often “hurt” while playing in Ohio. Since coming over from the Blue Jackets, Gaborik scored 5 goals and 11 assists in 19 regular season games and has 12 goals and 7 assists in 22 post season games.
I would also like to thank…
Who got us Dwight King
THE LATE PAVOL DEMITRA
Who got us Patrick O’Sullivan who got us Justin Williams AND Trevor Lewis
Who was drafted by Washington a year after the Kings traded that pick to select Alec Martinez
Who was traded to Vancouver for what turned out to be Wayne Simmonds who was then packaged to the Flyers for Mike Richards who helped the Kings win a Stanley Cup.
The Avalanche didn’t see much value in the #47 pick that they traded two spots down to acquire Pickard and the 109th pick so Lombardi could draft some kid named Tyler Toffoli.