Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:54 pm

Lombardi equals FAILURE.....

Lets Review:

Lombardi has failed miserably with his free agent signings. He failed even worse with Cloutier. When you didn't think it could get any worse, he hired Marc Crawford.

He did good by drafting Doughty and Schenn. Yeah, REAL HARD when you have the #2 and #5 picks.

Okay, I'll give him Simmonds and Moller... wait, I can't give him Moller as he can't seem to stay in the NHL.

He botched Stuart, he botched Visnovski and he botched Blake... twice.

But Lombardi has developed from within. Building the "core". LEARNING to win!

But free agents like Chara and Drury and Gomez and Gaborik didn't want to sign here because the team hadn't actually learned to win anything.

But then the Kings make the playoffs!!!

And still nobody wanted to play here.

Not Kovalchuk, not Martin, not Hamuis, not Bergenheim and probably not (gulp) Willie Mitchell.

What SALES PITCH are you using? "We have Manhattan Beach and... and... Paris Hilton!"

Nice going Dean.

You've managed to keep your job for five years. If any one of us had done what you've done in the time you've been here... ALL OF US would have been fired.

What exactly HAVE you done?

Stockpiled Manchester?

With what?

Voynov, who is threatening to leave to the KHL if he doesn't make the team? (And he wont). Tomas Hickey, whom everyone questioned your sanity for taking him in the first place? Is everyone going to be right? Trading Cammalleri AND your 1st round pick to take Colten Teubert who can't even MAKE the Manchester roster while Tyler Myers is the rookie of the year?


Only Hollywood rewards such ineptitude.

You have a YOUNG team yet you hire an OLD coach. How'd that work out for Pittsburgh? Oh, right. They fired the old guy, brought in the young guy and they won the cup. The Flyers fired the old guy, brought in the young guy and went to the finals. Frolov on the "checking line?" That worked out well, didn't it? Smyth and Williams flanking your superstar Kopitar? GENIUS!

Doughty isn't signed long term, Johnson isn't signed long term, Simmonds isn't signed long term. WAY TO KEEP THAT "CORE" TOGETHER! WAY TO SHOW COMMITMENT!

But you keep telling the fans, who continue to renew their season tickets that management has given you everything. Management will let you do what you want.

But you don't.

You certainly haven't IMPROVED the team, have you? You haven't shown that the hard core fans that have supported your VISION anything worthy.

So, lets leave it to the fans (what could be worse? We've already gone 40+ years without a cup.)
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:35 pm

Dean Lombardi PLEASE READ!

Dear Mr Lombardi,

I want to thank you for all you have done for Los Angeles Kings hockey and for hockey on the west coast in general, awesome job, you and your staff should be commended for putting together this young and exciting team.

The reason i'm writing is to make a comment on your courtship of Ilya Kovalchuk. I want to let you know a few reasons why i'm against this player coming to the Kings.

I believe that in a salary cap world, the way to win Stanley Cups is to 'invent' your own 10 million dollar player as opposed to paying 10 million dollars to a guy like this when you can draft your own 10 million dollar guys. If you are the NY  Yankees, you can pay anyone anything and there's really no need to draft well, but in hockey, with a salary cap, you can't be paying 10 million dollars per season to a guy who's just going to come in and not play defense. For 10 mil, you have ot be an all around player, i'm not sure IK is a defensive 'specialist'.

Also, the Eastern Conference is the B league while the West is the A league. These two leagues don't even compare. Look at some of the players who have gone from the east to the west and vice versa. Steve Montador was playing regular minutes for the Sabres (a top team in the east) and he wasn't good enough to even crack the top 6 D men for the Anaheim Ducks, who finished far back in the west this year. Montador leaves Anaheim as a guy who wasn't even good enough to hold a roster spot and becomes a star with the Sabres.

Kovalchuk went to the Devils and was no factor for a team who was embarrassed by the Flyers. The Flyers have shown that they are a horrible team and they're on the verge of being beaten handily in the series by the Bruins (who are just an average eastern team and wouldnt have been close to making the playoffs had they been in the west and playing western teams on a regular basis)

I'm all for bringing in an offensive star to the mix. But, i'd prefer to bring in a Western conference star instead of Kovalchuk, who cried and created a bunch of drama and refused to play for the Thrashers.

Kovalchuk is the guy the LA fans are going to boo when things go wrong. Do you want your fans boo-ing your 10 million dollar 'free agent' when he's underachieveing during the playoffs? This guy was the 'savior' for the Devils but didn't show too much heart trying to get the Devils to the next level.

Acquiring players like this, you better be right , or its going to cripple your franchise for years, holding onto this 'poster boy' for excessive waste, a guy who won't lay his body on the line to win a playoff game, a guy who might  be too busy trying to get a max contract. Why would this guy lay it all on the line if you guarantee him 50 million dollars or something absurd?

There are western conference Stars out there who are available at much less money and they're just as good, or better than Kovalchuk.

If you want to sell tickets and have an exciting regular season player who's going to light up 40 goals while making a bunch of fancy passes, than Kovy might be for you. If your goal is to win Stanley Cups, i'm not sure how Kovalchuk is going to help you do that. He didnt help Atlanta and he didn't help NJ, why are we thinking he's going to help the Kings?

Thanks for listening.
Posted on: July 11, 2010 8:56 am

Dear Mr. Kovalchuk

Please sign in Russia.
There are just to many things wrong with paying someone 100 million dollars. Especially in a time of economic chaos where people don’t have jobs and others are losing their homes.

Giving you a 100 million dollar contract for the next 15-17 years just gives the Devils and Kings permission to raise ticket prices through the stratosphere for close to two decades. Ticket prices that most of us can’t afford anyway but because we love the game, we find a way. Given that California is currently 3rd in the nation in unemployment at 12.4 percent and New Jersey is 18th at 9.7%, it doesn’t make much sense for you to take the rest of our hard earned money… and spend it in Russia.

Plus our ticket representatives won’t have to be as nice as they have been anymore. We like to be coddled and wooed and treated like the Stars we think we are. If you’re here, their attitude will change. Much like when the Capitals were begging season ticket holders to renew before OV or Pittsburgh before Crosby.

Then there’s the chance that you could turn into the next George Foster, or Kevin Brown or Alexi Yashin and either team is stuck with you until many of us will be dead.

Lou doesn’t want to pay you that kind of dough for that many years. It’s never been his style. But his owners do. Dean Lombardi doesn’t want to pay you that kind of dough for that many years. It’s never been his style. But his owners do.

Long after AEG and Jeff Vanderbeek have sold their franchises, the fans will once again be the losers. In, 2020 they’ll be on the cuff for the 10 million dollars we'll be wishing we weren't paying for. For a 37 year old. Quick, name a forward who was just as productive at 37 as he was at 27.

Do you now understand why we’d rather have you play in Russia?
Posted on: July 4, 2010 4:18 pm

Dave Kingman -VS- Dean Lombardi

Well atleast Dave Kingman hit a monster home run every now and then.

So let me get this straight. Ilya Kovalchuk wants to WIN so he's going to choose Long Island who haven't won before he was born instead of New Jersey.


Ilya Kovalchuk is your typical greedy Russian who just wants to get paid and has never won anything.

Too harsh.

Mrs. Kovalchuk would rather listen to the screeches of Long-guy-land women than the upper crusty snobs of Beverly Hills.

That's profiling. Different tact.

Ilya Kovalchuk's agent is brilliant and will help to ruin hockey.


History repeats itself. Islanders don't learn from Yashin and DiPietro. They'll get what they deserve, they won't get a new arena because of the backwards politics in Nassau, Charles Wang will have had enough and sell to someone who will realize that the Islanders are losing a fortune and the new owners will blow up the team leaving Kovalchuk as the only good player remaining because nobody will take on that contract.

Too long.

So Dean Lombardi can't get anyone to voluntarily play in Los Angeles unless they're at the tail end of their careers and have to be overpaid.

The frustrating part about all of this is... I agree with Lombardi.

You can't pay one player 10 million bucks. You just can't. You can't pay Hamhuis 27 million dollars including a 9 million dollar signing bonus. You just can't. You can't pay Paul Martin 5 million dollars, even though he was ready to do so. You just can't.

And as much as Kings fans are about to ask for a refund on their season ticket deposits, drink themselves into a 4th of July frenzy, and as much as the Kings probably WONT make the playoffs, and as much as the Kings will pick up yet another broken down player with a tendency to score when he is healthy... the Kings are doing the right thing by NOT signing Kovalchuk to a 10 year 100 million dollar contract.

It's just plain stupid.

Ilya Kovalchuk WILL help the Islanders, especially with Okposo and Baily and Tavares, but it doesn't make them Stanley Cup contenders. Not with Streit, Eaton, Martinek and Jurcina manning the blueline (come on Islanders fans, lets be realistic before you resort to calling me a douche).

Please, when you drink this holiday weekend, don't drive - life is too wonderful... besides, you want to be alive when your team wins the Stanley Cup.
Posted on: June 26, 2010 1:41 pm

Lombardi drafts MORE Defense??

The Kings traded their 19th pick and the pick they received from the Flyers (#59) when they took Denis Gauthiers salary off their hands to move up to #15.

With a chance to select local boy Emerson Etem, the Kings instead opted for MORE defense and selected US-Under 18 6’5” defenseman Derek Forbort (whom I’m told Colorado wanted which is why the Kings moved up). He’s been compared as a poor man’s Tyler Myers (whom the Kings had a chance to draft but opted for Colten Teubert instead).

He’ll be attending North Dakota this fall and patterns his game after Chris Pronger.

Does the Forbort selection spell the end of Teubert?
Posted on: March 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Terry Murray needs to be Fired NOW!

The term Pathetic took on a whole new meaning in minnesota last night.

The Kings had a 50 second 5 on 3 – they failed for the 18th time in 21 tries.

But wait.

It gets worse.

In the 3rd period, with the score tied 2-2, the Kings had a 5 on 3 for a full TWO MINUTES.

They failed miserably.

How the frank do you NOT score 5 on 3 with TWO MINUTES??? Even WITH a Terry Murray called timeout!!!

If they’re not listening to Murray during a 5 on 3, are they really going to listen to ANYTHING he says?

The Kings even had a power play with 5:08 left and down 3-2. What did they do? They shot the puck twice (both were blocked) and passed it ELEVEN times.

Jamie Kompon needs to be jettisoned faster than Rod Blagojevich and replaced with Nelson Emerson, or Nelson Riddle, or Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Anyone!!!

Minnesota didn’t even NEED 5 on 3 as they were just fine with 5 on 4 as they scored twice. The 3rd goal in the 3rd period was the difference.

The Kings wasted a 2 goal effort from Scott Parse.

And guess what Terry Murray did?

You guessed it – he changed the lines again. This time he put the ZERO goals and ZERO assists in 11 games (and a healthy scratch) on the top line. Guess what happened? The same thing that’s happened every time he messes with the lines. NOTHING!

But things are just FINE aren't they Terry? Isn't that what you said after the Dallas game?

Murray told Hammond, “I’m taking Williams off the (top) line here tonight. It’s just not quite there for him right now. He’s had a very severe injury and a long rehab there. I’m just not seeing that strength, that quickness that he had before the injury, so I’m just going to back off and put Halpern there tonight.”

Gee, how can you get BACK to where you once were shifting from the 1st line to the 4th line to the 3rd line – there’s about as much chemistry as a Tom Cruise marriage to a woman.

Couple this game with another Nashville comeback win and the choke-a-thon Kings are slipping faster than Sarah Palin’s IQ.
Posted on: January 25, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2010 3:18 pm

Jets season Review

Grade: A
It was really great to see the Jets in the AFC Championship. It was quite a crazy season. We started out really hot. 3 - 0. Then we lost 5 games in a row, and Sanchez looked terrible. Then we won a few, then lost to the Falcons. At which, we all thought our season was over. Then week 16 the Colts laid down. And we ended up the 5th seed. We blew out the Bengals and beat the Chargers to make it to the AFC Championship where we had to play 60 minutes of football. 
I really feel good about the Jets future. Big Ben took his team to the AFC Championship his rookie season and lost. Same type of team. He won the superbowl the following season.
Great head coach, Great defense, Great running attack. It just didn't show up in the second half of the AFC Championship. Lets not take anything away from this magical run. It was a lot of fun to see the Jets play for the superbowl. No rookie QB has ever taken his team to the superbowl.
We will get Washington and Jenkins back next season. Not to sure about Thomas Jones. I heard he might be leaving the Jets
Posted on: January 13, 2010 5:13 pm

Kings in Trouble????

What could have been a fantastic season has now turned into a series of question marks.

What's wrong with Dustin Brown? Can Anze Kopitar regain his earlier form? How long will Greene be out with his knee injury (3-4 weeks). Can Jonathan Quick maintain his current intense pace? Will Justin Williams be replaced?

Kopitar said it best. "This home stretch is our season". Although coach Murray didn't quite agree with that, he's right. This 7 game homestand is huge. And it hasn't gotten off to a good start.

It doesn't get any easier.

San Jose today? Not easy.

The surging Ducks up next? Always a great rivalry but they're the better team right now.

Boston Saturday? Could be 5 straight home losses.

San Jose again? Could be six straight.

Buffalo and the hottest goaltender in the league?

The Kings could lose seven straight at home. To realistically think that the Kings will wind up this homestand 5-2 is... well... unrealistic.

The Kings are in trouble.

The Red Wings are chomping at the heels and are getting healthier each week.

The King have failed to replace Justin Williams (so far... but there are rumblings of a trade for a very nice winger) and Teddy Purcell and Dustin Brown and even Wayne Simmonds (the 2nd time) have failed to provide any firepower.

Dustin Brown is doing his best Dave Kingman imitation and whiffing at almost every puck he sees. He's now been demoted to the 3rd line. The captain. If it wasn't for the energy line of Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson, the Kings would probably resemble the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The defense is woeful. Jack Johnson is the 2nd worst defenseman in the league at -16. Rob Scuderi hasn't been the same since he wasn't selected to the USA Olympic team (how the hell did he get 3rd star last night? Did they even watch him in the 1st period?), and you can't tell me Alec Martinez and Peter Harrold are the answers to stopping Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf and Thomas Vanek.

Dean Lombardi has been sitting back saying "they need to learn how to win". Well, they've done that over the first half and are now going through some adversity.

We'll see tonight if Terry Murray's talking to wakes up the players, but they have a tough tough road ahead of them into the Olympic break.

Lombardi must replace Williams and he must get the Kings some defensive help.

Otherwise, it will be 7 straight seasons without the playoffs and another top 10 draft pick.
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