Is Dean Lombardi Going to Make a Trade?

Matt Greene blossomed last season. He went from a defensive defenseman with questionable skating and average positioning to a defensive defenseman with better skating and much better positioning. Matt Greene just became a smarter D-Man while maintaining his physical edge.

Willie Mitchell…well, I love Willie Mitchell. As Rob Scuderi is “the piece”, I have coined Mitchell since his first L.A. Kings season as “the glue”. Glue because I consider him the heart and soul of the defensive core (a designation which will be taken by Drew Doughty in the coming season(s)). When the game is on the line, I want he and Doughty  to patrol the area around Jonathan Quick. Who clears the crease better? Who makes that quick, short pass to start the breakout? Who breaks up passes and keeps one timers at bay with his nice long stick? He is like a patrol officer…the smart and ass kicking type.

With a shortened season and down 0-2 (Surly is close to panicking despite what he claims), I calmly wonder if Dean Lombardi will look to make a trade.

Who is expendable?


Brad Richardson (pending UFA)? Maybe Simon Gagne (pending UFA)? Side note, did you realize Rob Scuderi is also a UFA after this season? I am not advocating trading him of course but I wonder…hey, Perry and Getzlaf are also UFAs. Oh man, can you imagine if they both walked from the Ducks? Just the thought warms my cockles. It would be like playing against an AHL team…a bad one. But I digress.

Will Dean actually take someone off the roster to bolster the defense? Remember kids, Dean Lombardi loves the defense. Do you know how much you have to love the position to draft Thomas Hickey 4th overall?

Want my opinion? It may not be a trade (probably won’t be) but I think I know who will be an L.A. King before the puck drops next season.

It’s somebody Dean Lombardi drafted.

Someone he likes and he believes fits real well.

He’s a veteran.

He’s also a UFA on July 1.

San Jose Sharks’ defensive defenseman Douglas Murray is an L.A. King before the start of next season.

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17 replies

  1. Would welcome Murray in a heartbeat. So would clifford

  2. I wonder if Dean would resign Scuds..
    Bring back the S&S show! lol

  3. Derek Forbort! They say his game has really improved and he’s more in control of his body. I think we see him and Toffoli on opening day.

    If Dean wants to get a D man, he should. Solid stay at home defensman have been going at premium price. Fuck, Volchenkov is making outrageous money. So is Seidenburg. It wont be easy but I have faith that Dean will find something out there.

    Go Kings!

    • i doubt that Derek makes the club next season for two reasons. it’s still unknown if he will return for his senior season at UND. second, it’s the Kings and DL’s model to have the guys go through MAN to get some seasoning, conditioning and strength to play the pro game. the size of player is another significant increase from NCAA to the AHL. Derek will likely have to add some bulk and strength to his frame. he’s also going to have make the all important speed transition the next level requires.

      i highly doubt Forbort will make the team for another 2-3 seasons. trust me ive been patiently waiting for him. same home town. same elementary school program and same high school program as me.

  4. San Jose Sharks’ defensive defenseman Douglas Murray is an L.A. King before the start of next season.

    … If that turns out to be the best that Lombardi can do – talk about underwhelming.

    Just because a guy has absolutely no scoring ability doesn’t mean he plays great defense. I’d rather see the Sharks or some other team overpay him for his twilight years.

    • DMan crop is thin. Some good forwards though.

      • Hi Bobby….. Are you speaking of the DMan crop of the Sharks?
        Also, wonder if part of Surly’s panic has to do not just with an unimaginable drop of the team from where we were in June, but also… IF (I said ‘IF’…. not when) that were to happen, we wouldn’t have our 1st in the draft.

    • Murray is an awesome physical presence. If you get a chance, watch what happens when *anybody* tries to check him. They fall down, not Murray. Whoever is stupid enough to check him falls on their butt. :)

      He can fight too and is a good penalty killer and solid dman.

  5. The answer to your question is NO! Dean hasn’t made a panic trade since he’s been here. He has a history of patiently watching and obsessively re-asessing until he’s got the player he wants under his terms. Unless a player falls into his lap I doubt he does anything for at least the 1st month.

  6. what a bunch of crap

    GO SHARKS!!!


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