As part of a story on the salary-cap situation this season, our Ducks writer, J.P. Hoornstra, asked Ducks GM Brian Burke what he thought of the Kings. The quotes are in the context of the different salary-cap situations that the Kings and Ducks face…
BURKE: “Dean Lombardi’s done a wonderful job. That’s a special group of young players. That’s going to be a hell of a team. He knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s building a pyramid. They are going to have success down the road. There’s no question about what Dean’s doing. He’s a bright guy, he’s a good guy, and he’s done a great job. They’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in the future.
“We’ll go through that phase, too. Your team ages to a point, then you’ve got to reload. We’ll get to that point where we’re reloading with young players, too. Dean’s done a masterful job. Their day is coming. They’re going to have success and they’re going to have the same difficult issues that we have. Dean, ironically, is doing such a good job that their day will come. That’s a wonderful group of young players. But their day will come. He knows that. What’s he going to have to pay to keep that group together in three years or four years? He’ll be at that stage, too. Right now he doesn’t.
“He’s done a good job of identifying the players, locking them up. That team is going to be a force in a couple of years.”