Lombardi, on his future

Finally, a reporter asked Lombardi a rather pointless question about whether he was concerned about his job status…

“When I took this job, I looked at two things. There were no young defensemen and no young goalies. I interviewed with five teams. I said, `If you want to be a contender and you want to do this right, you’ve got a massive rebuilding.’ (In baseball) you’re not going to win without good pitching and defense. You saw it with the Celtics, good defense. Defense wins championships. If you’re not solid on the back end, you’re not going to be a contender. It goes back to Jack Johnson and then why we had to be aggressive at the draft. It’s why maybe you you take a little chance on Hickey. It’s all about getting the back end fixed. If you’re going to take this job and make decisions based on the pressure, you’re going to be spinning your wheels. People in hockey know what you’re doing. When you’re in the building mode and trying to do it the right way, it’s just an occupational hazard.”

That’s all from Dean Lombardi today. I will post the quotes from Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene next…

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