OK, FINALLY I have a little time to start putting some of the Lombardi stuff up here. And since tomorrow is the draft lottery, and the draft seems to be the big topic of discussion these days, I’ll start with Lombardi’s thoughts on the draft. I had him address two areas, one being the concern, expressed here and elsewhere, that the Kings might not take Stamkos if they got the first pick. The response to that was:
“I’m all for communicating with the fans and media, but I’m not going to tell anyone what my plans are. What I was trying to say (in previous comments) was that we’re doing our job and looking at everything out there.”
And what, I also wanted to know, is “everything out there”? Does that mean the possibility to significant movement on draft day? Perhaps packaging some of those picks to move up? Lombardi said:
“Go back and watch my history. I don’t want to say I’m a pioneer, but with the whole idea of moving, I think my record for moving is to be active. You don’t move just to move. The high number of picks gives us flexibility in a lot of ways. Having those picks, particularly in the first three rounds, that might be the
difference in moving up. That’s part of training your staff. As much as you prepare, still have to make split-second decisions. You force your staff to react quickly when things come up. You have to make that split-second decision but we’re more prepared than we were last year.
“We’ve got the cards to play, in terms of draft picks, but you still have to play them. We have to look at every angle. In the end, you might end up doing nothing. That doesn’t mean you won’t look at 100 different things. You might move up, you might move down or you might move some of those picks into next year. You have X number of spots you need to fill in your organization every year, so maybe you wait