Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was interviewed on Phil Esposito's show on XM Radio, "In the Slot" on Wednesday, May 14.
Prior to Lombardi joining the show, Randy Newman's "I Love LA" was blaring but Lombardi and co would have preferred "That's Amore." Lombardi on In the Slot
Lombardi talks about the Kings unrestricted free agents and that it might be time for those free agent veterans' roles to be given to some of the young forwards that were developing at Manchester this past season.
Lombardi also comments on the Kings' goaltending situation and Jason LaBarbera. Lombardi was more concerned with the chances that were surrendered as opposed to the actual play in net for the Kings.
Goaltending was NOT the glaring problem in 2007-08 as it was in 2006-07.
There is also some draft talk, as Lombardi comments on the strength of the draft and how many picks the Kings have.
They also tell a story about Dean having a meeting in Esposito's office and sitting on a picture frame. Some good quotes:
"We have a chance here as a franchise, our forwards are good, we have good young forwards, but we have to get the young goaltender in place and the defensemen are going to take a step with Johnson and the kid we took last year and you can start seeing that we might have something good someday."On Dustin Brown:
has made himself into the prototypical power forward. He comes to play, he has grown up as a man and as a player."On Dan Cloutier:
"I don't know if it was the chicken or the egg. He could never seem to get healthy, and then when he did, he could not get healthy mentally. It was a struggle for him. He had the surgery, he was healthy and then it acted up again. He would try so hard to get his game back and it would collapse upon him. I would look at him some nights with Hexy (Ron Hextall) and Bill Ranford, and they should know goaltending and it was just, 'Geez, this ain't the same guy.'"