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Lombardi's job may be on the line

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08:20 AM ET 02.21 | Dean Lombardi's future in Los Angeles rides to some extent on the next seven days. If he acquires a high-impact scorer by the trade deadline of noon Pacific time Monday, he can salvage a season that began with high expectations but descended into a grim battle to score goals and make the playoffs. Failure to reach the postseason could cost Lombardi his job and there would be no reason to argue he should stay. The only elite player available and able to deliver the necessary scoring jolt is Columbus left wing Rick Nash, who reportedly listed the Kings among teams he'd be willing to join in a trade. The Blue Jackets are asking a lot for him. It's up to Lombardi to negotiate an acceptable price, and that's an iffy proposition.

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February 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Wow, a team looking for a high impact scorer?
Almost as rare as looking for a defenceman that can run the power play

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February 21, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Duhryl Sutter coaching a team that has trouble scoring goals ??? No Friggin way ? No way Lombardi should have seen that happen ! and in other news.....water is wet

February 21, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Duhryl Sutter coaching a team that has trouble scoring goals ??? No Friggin way ? No way Lombardi should have seen that happen ! and in other news.....water is wet

At least he's fitting right in. No way he looks like he's from the farm.

February 21, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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Wow, a team looking for a high impact scorer? Almost as rare as looking for a defenceman that can run the power play

Nothing to worry about on offense. They have Dustin Penner up front, don't they? ;-)

February 21, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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At least he's fitting right in. No way he looks like he's from the farm.

Sure. But, what about the smell? Even a year in L.A. isn't enough to erase that "Barn" cologne aroma.

February 21, 2012  12:32 PM ET
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He's done if they miss the 'offs. Wonder if they'd trade Bernier for Grabovski...

at some point he has to stop holding on to Bernier if he has no intention of making him number 1. Many people seem convinced that LA will land Nash, but I have some serious doubts, because they'd have to unload some pretty substantial salary from somewhere in order to get er done.

Bernier for Grabo could definitely give the Kings something they need without having to give up too much.

February 21, 2012  12:34 PM ET

LA has to not only make the playoffs, they have to go on a little run before-hand...to make sure that they dont run into the Wings right off the bat.

February 21, 2012  12:41 PM ET

Bernier and Johnson for Nash and Carter - probably have to waive Penner and Gagne to free up cap. If the Kings don't make conference finals, Lombardi's done - hail Mary...

February 21, 2012  12:46 PM ET
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Bernier and Johnson for Nash and Carter - probably have to waive Penner and Gagne to free up cap. If the Kings don't make conference finals, Lombardi's done - hail Mary...

Wouldn't surprise to see Doughty on the block - LA's deep with D.

February 21, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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At least he's fitting right in. No way he looks like he's from the farm.

I always heard everyone make fun of this guy and just thought they were exaggerating. I saw a behind the bench in game interview ....when he opened his mouth I KNEW you were all telling the truth

February 21, 2012  01:42 PM ET
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Bernier and Johnson for Nash and Carter - probably have to waive Penner and Gagne to free up cap. If the Kings don't make conference finals, Lombardi's done - hail Mary...

I believe they would have to give up quite a bit more to get both of them I believe Nash will cost more than that (when all's said and done)

February 21, 2012  03:15 PM ET
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I believe they would have to give up quite a bit more to get both of them I believe Nash will cost more than that (when all's said and done)

10 years of not making the playoff should provide Dean plenty of prospects to sweeten the deal. He gave away Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds for Mike Richard - 14 goals/28 points.

February 21, 2012  03:39 PM ET
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I always heard everyone make fun of this guy and just thought they were exaggerating. I saw a behind the bench in game interview ....when he opened his mouth I KNEW you were all telling the truth

Thats nuthin brutha ! Try listening to an interview of both Duhryl and Buhrent at the same time. Oscar the grouch meets mushmouth.

February 21, 2012  06:01 PM ET
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At least he's fitting right in. No way he looks like he's from the farm.

He has that 'radiation has made me an enemy of civilization' look.

 
February 21, 2012  11:39 PM ET

If he acquires a high-impact scorer by the trade deadline of noon Pacific time ...



That shouldn't be too hard to do....don't think anyone else is looking for one....and, there are a lot of them on the market!

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