No? OK, I’ll just get some sleep in that case…
(Just a joke)
(Don’t overrun the Daily News’ servers)
Give me a few minutes to get my notes together, but here are some bullet point (all according to Lombardi):
– The Kings, and two other teams, had exclusive negotiating rights to talk to Hossa before July 1. If they had signed him, they would have owed some type of compensation to Detroit. The Kings were prepared for a massive Hossa deal, but he wanted to go to a more successful team.
– The other big target was Mike Knuble, who ultimately decided to stay in the East.
– The Kings looked at Gaborik, and debated whether to give him as many as three years, but weren’t prepared to go anywhere near the Rangers’ offer. They also looked at Havlat, in a similar way, but less seriously.
– Lombardi said he will look at some of the remaining forwards, but sounded more prepared to look at trade possibilities, particularly with teams that have salary-cap issues.
– Adding a veteran defenseman is a possibility, but not a strong one right now. Lombardi said they “dabbled” with Francois Beauchemin, but that’s about it so far.
Pretty good stuff…give me a little while to put it together.