Kings general manager Dean Lombardi talks about trading Simon Gagne

Dean Lombardi, the Kings’ general manager, talked Tuesday about his decision to trade forward Simon Gagne to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick. Here’s some of what Lombardi said went into the move:

“I think it was just a number of things. Obviously, he’s a veteran player whose game is clearly defined. He wasn’t fitting in, so to speak. You don’t want to do this unless you feel confident in what you have in the minors. It’s similar to when we moved Jack Johnson last year for (Jeff) Carter. We had (Slava) Voynov coming through. … It frees up a roster spot and allows us flexibility in space and cash at the (trade) deadline.”

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