Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/19/08 at 09:59 AM ET
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
They were slow to realize Crawford lacked the patience to help kids make the huge leap from junior or college hockey to playing defense in the NHL. Decent coaches are plentiful. Gifted, puck-moving defensemen are rare, but every Stanley Cup-winning team in recent memory has had one or more.
Lombardi will keep the pick, though his phone will ring until the Kings’ turn comes up. He can see the rationale for trading it for immediate help and letting someone else take Drew Doughty or Zach Bogosian, but he can’t take that chance now.
“In the end there’s no right or wrong answer,” he said. “But it would be a change of course, and that’s not the orders I was given.”
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