The Kings didn’t chase Jarome Iginla before the trade deadline, and he eventually went from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings also didn’t pursue Jaromir Jagr or a half-dozen other players who were dealt before Wednesday’s deadline. Why not? Kings general manager Dean Lombardi didn’t want to break up the Stanley Cup champions in order to rent a player for the short haul. The move he did make, adding veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres for second-round draft picks in 2014 and ’15, was designed to bolster the Kings’ blue line for the long term.
Here’s more about Lombardi’s thinking from Lombardi himself:
“We like our team … I think with Robyn, clearly that element he brings is something that we needed to add to the mix, and I think you put Greener (injured defenseman Matt Greene) back in this lineup, now you have that mix of puck moving and hard-to-play-against. So he’s a great fit from that, and I think hopefully, I think there’s a good chance that we can retain him. I think we’ve got a lot going for us, so this wasn’t looked at as just a player for a rental. We’re looking at this as a guy that can fit with us for a number of years here.
“But it still had to work for us in terms of the whole. I just feel so strongly. I think you know this group. Through the process, yeah, at times you get frustrated. But there’s no question they care about each other, and time and time again I’ve seen them they way they stick together through tough times, and you want to do everything you can to let them grow together.”