Lombardi said that Thornton, who also had a no-trade clause, gave him a list of four teams he would like to go to that he thought could win the Stanley Cup. The Kings almost had a deal with one of these teams but then that team went and did a large deal that ended up keeping that one from happening.
The Lombardi interview is coming up next …
At first he said he wasn’t going to do an interview today, that he was going to leave everything to Dean. But we stressed that there were game-related issues like how losing Stuart would affect the team that Dean wouldn’t know about, so he obliged in the end. He talks about losing Stuart, how the defensive pairings will look, possible call-ups from Manchester, LaBarbera’s health, today’s practice and looking forward to the final five weeks of the season.
He refuses to get into specifics. His agent, Pat Brisson, said that Blake came to the Kings two years ago with the intention of retiring with the team. He said he would accept a trade to Colorado if they could get a good return since he had played there before and liked it there, but that he would prefer to remain a King.
Talked to Blake, Crawford and Thornton. Will have those interviews coming. Lombardi was not at the practice facility after practice. The beat writers are going to have a conference call with him at some point today. Blake said he probably will be ready to play by the weekend, but not Thursday. So expect the Kings to bring up a defenseman in the next 24 hours or so.
It looks like this is a move to help the Monarchs.
Brad Stuart to Detroit for 2008 second- and fourth-round picks. J-S Aubin to the Ducks for a seventh rounder. From what I hear, this is it for the Kings. Shocker — Blake and Thornton are staying.
So it’s past noon and the Kings haven’t announced a move, as I’m sure you guys know. I don’t expect a late flurry here, but I do hear there is something in the works that has yet to be finalized. I’m at the practice facility and will have more when I get it.
So the trading deadline is at noon Pacific. The Kings practice at 1 p.m. I’m going to bring my computer to Toyota Sports Center. Hopefully the temperamental wireless will be working and I’ll be able to post some updates from there. There will be a period around 11 a.m. in which I will be in transit. At some point, I’ll have interviews with Dean Lombardi, any key players traded and any key players obtained.
It’s a little surprising that there hasn’t been a move yet today. Here’s my list of players in the organization most likely and least likely to be traded by tomorrow’s noon deadline.
He talks about his first NHL goal and being an offensive-minded defenseman.