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The Lombardi/Johnson/Berenson Saga

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday his harsh evaluation of Jack Johnson’s old flaws in an interview on the blog frozenroyalty.net was intended to lend perspective to the defenseman’s progress, not to disparage Johnson or the University of Michigan.

In the interview, conducted by Gann Matsuda and published as part of a series, Lombardi said Johnson “never had any coaching” at Michigan and was “awful as a hockey player” before he joined the Kings and refined his game enough to be chosen for the U.S. Olympic team at the Vancouver Games….

Lombardi said he meant to give Matsuda background information on Johnson’s evolution and didn’t expect those comments to be published. “The whole article was completely out of context,” Lombardi said.

Matsuda said Lombardi never designated that part of the conversation as off the record. Lombardi did not dispute that.

read on

note 01/25/10, I received a note from the folks at Hockeytalk.biz and they wanted to point out Gann Matsuda works for them and not Frozen Royalty.

 

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  Tags: dean+lombardi, jack+johnson

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