For the past few years the Los Angeles Kings have struggled under the management of Dean Lombardi. Lombardi has done moves that have tarnished the once proud franchise including hiring his crony Carl Crawford to coach the Kings, which he was not capable ever of doing, and bringing in goaltender failure Dan Cloutier, whose contract we are still paying. While for quite some time us Kings fans have bought into the notion of the youth movement (we did see the rise of Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov, and Anze Kopitar, all of which whom were brought in by former GM Dave Taylor) Lombardi has made consistent moves to plague our team.
This past off-season was the tipping point for both sides. Either Lombardi would put Los Angeles on the map again, or squander the opportunity. He blew it to be blunt. He failed to sign a single big name forward such as Marian Gaborik, Martin Havlat, or Marian Hossa stating he did not want to commit to such a large hit to the team's payroll for so long. The Kings could of signed all of their current players long term and still could of held 10 million dollars of cap space open, more than enough to sign any of those names. Instead of those names Lombardi signed a mediocre defenceman, Rob Scuderi, who made one play in the finals. The Kings are already loaded on defense with young talented players, and the signing of Scuderi not only blocks them form the roster but also takes up cap space. He was signed for four years at 3.4 million a season. For not wanting to commit to a real, and desperately needed, asset Lombardi instead spits in the faces of us loyal fans who have had to deal with this futility for years by signing a player to a long, lucrative contract.
This is inexcusable and the fans should voice their displeasure with Dean Lombardi by petitioning to remove him from his current position.