From the Press Enterprise (an Inland Empire paper), two sections of the interview with Jack Ferreira with emphasis added:
He spends the first half of the season following the Kings, serving as an extra set of eyes and opinions, with side trips to see the club’s AHL affiliate in Manchester and the odd drive over to Ontario to watch the ECHL’s Reign. After Christmas, he spends his time looking at college and junior prospects, cross-checking the work of the team’s area scouts in preparation for the June draft.
“It’s basically whatever Dean wants me to do,” Ferreira, 67, said with a chuckle.
He is a valuable complement to Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall, filling in whatever gaps need to be filled and contributing the instincts and wisdom of the hockey lifer.
Later in the article…
“This year we were up in Toronto for the scouting combine and Dean had some meetings with Newport Sports (Doughty’s agents),” Ferreira said. “He came back and they were discussing what went on, and I just looked at him and said, ‘Dean, they don’t want to make a deal. They’re not ready to make a deal.’
“That’s gonna be a tough one. I would not be surprised if he was a holdout. I went through it with Paul Kariya, and Dean’s been through it.”
The scouting combine was about two months ago, right?
Like life, timing is everything. “Whatever Dean wants me to do.”
This is one of the many reasons I love Dean Lombardi. This is genius.