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Inside the Kings GM Meeting Quotes
Rich Hammond has been posting quotes from Dean Lombardi, Assistant GM Ron Hextall, cap guru Jeff Solomon, and head coach Terry Murray have been talking, and talking, and talking about pretty much everything to do with the Kings. What I've found most interesting is Terry Murray's quotes about how to develop a defenseman. He highlights the importance of working as a unit and using forwards to make decisions with the puck. The Kings didn't really pass the puck out of their zone last season, instead mostly relying on one player to skate the puck to the red line. That leaves the team open to turnovers so I am glad to see that'll change this upcoming season.
Also interesting: Lombardi admits that he signed too many free agents because he was worried about catching Anaheim the past 2 seasons. He also notes that the Kings backed off prime free agents. I knew it.
Oh, and he talks about bridge players and notes how the bridge players he brought in dominated the locker room too much and hurt chemistry. Since Handzus, Calder and Preissing are still with the team and Brad Stuart is still young, that means he's talking about either Rob Blake or Ladislav Nagy. I wonder which.
Non-Kings Update: TJ Simers has a new article in the Times today, entitled, "San Diego is a town filled with losers." That's awesome.