Tom Preissing is back on the ice, having overcome whatever mysterious issue caused his dizziness at the start of the last road trip. Terry Murray said all of Preissing’s tests came back OK and that Preissing is feeling better. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, because I had to head upstairs to talk with Dean Lombardi, but Murray said Preisssing had a similar incident last season. I don’t remember that, but regardless…weird. No lineup changes tonight.
The Lombardi interview lasted more than an hour, and there’s some really good stuff. It’s going to take quite a while to transcribe, so I think I’ll post it all tomorrow, throughout the day. Topics discussed included: Lombardi’s philosophy at the trade deadline (long-term deals? rent-a-players?), the ferocity of the trade market right now, how many GMs he is talking to, whether not making the playoffs would be a disappointment, his progress in filling the famous “boxes,” evaluating prospects and identifying “can’t-trade” players, Frolov’s status in terms of being a “core” player, Jack Johnson’s contract negotiations, team/NHL economics, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier, Brian Boyle, Michael Cammalleri, fighting in the NHL and Lombardi’s pick for most surprising King this season.
Finally, if you have Sirius-XM radio, I’ll be on the NHL channel just after 3 p.m. today, and we’ll do a live game chat here tonight for those who like to participate.