Dean Lombardi appeared on Hockey Night in Canada Radio this week with Jeff Marek and former King Kelly Hrudey.
Lombardi on Hockey Night In Canada
Lombardi spoke about the surprises on this year’s roster in Oscar Moller and Wayne Simmonds.
Lombardi also touches on the contributions of Matt Greene and how impressive rookie defenseman Drew Doughty has been.
Some memorable quotes from the interview:
On Wayne Simmonds
“He optimizes that old time player that is going to do whatever it takes to play.”
"He still has some work to do but he is one of our biggest surprises."
On Oscar Moller
"He is making it awfully difficult. He is a smart player and is another guy that the veterans really like. We have a tough call to make, but he gives you a lot of life and he is a smart player."
On Teddy Purcell
“There is a little bit of Teddy right now, Patrick O’Sullivan was the same way two years ago. Put up a lot of numbers, highly skilled, but had to learn to pay the price though and had to go back down and then started figuring it out."
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Jeff Marek, one of sports talk radio's brightest stars, is the host of the all-new HNIC Radio on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. A twelve-year sports-talk radio veteran, the Toronto native provides intelligent hockey talk, insight and debate during the two-hour national daily drive-time hockey program.Well known for his previous work on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 Toronto Radio, Marek is one of sports talk radio's most respected personalities.
Kelly Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst during the 1998/99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons alongside Ron MacLean.