Strength coaching change

Following up on yesterday’s confirmation that Chad Smith won’t return as the Kings’ strength and conditioning coach, here is Dean Lombardi’s reaction to the move (with parenthetical inclusions to turn a text message into English):

“(We’re) looking to put in place (a) more detailed format. We need to have (a) process where all the players on our reserve list (not just NHL team) are monitored. It is (a) huge job and requires more definitive structure. We have been working on putting this in place since (the) season ended.”

Lombardi, by the way, will be heading to Toronto for the draft combine, which officially starts Monday in Toronto and runs through Friday. A total of 104 prospects have been invited to the combine.

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