There’s a good article in today’s “Sporting News Today” — the new online newspaper/magazine — by Craig Custance about Dean Lombardi and the Kings’ efforts to build the team and retain young players. In the article, Lombardi talks about his desire to sign Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson to extensions. It’s definitely worth a read, but I think you need to sign up for the (free) service to read it.
Craig also did a blog item in which he talks about his conversation with Lombardi and includes this quote regarding the possibility that teams might pursue future restricted free agents such as Kopitar and Johnson.
“We’re not only going to match any offer sheet, we’ll have enough space to go after your guys. Go ahead and make our day. If you sign our guy, we’re coming back with both barrels firing. You’d better be damn straight that you have the cap space and all your guys are signed.”