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Why Did Dean Lombardi Trade For Ben Bishop?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,

In a curious but intriguing move that may turn the Western Conference playoff race upside-down, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the No. 1 available goaltender on the NHL trade market Sunday, landing Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The primary question surrounded the timing of the deal: Why did the Kings wait until now and not make the move weeks ago?

“Preferably, I would have done this deal two weeks ago,” answered Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, “but this is just the way trade-deadline deals seem to work.”

Less than a day before completing the trade for Bishop, the Kings finally got their starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick, back in the lineup after a 59-game injury absence.

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The Meal's avatar

Article mentions this as a blocker move vs. CGY, but Kings also have a compressed schedule down the stretch, and wouldn’t know how much action Quick will be able to handle.  I was intrigued by this move at first as well, but it makes some sense now.  (Would have made more sense two months ago, though.)

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 02/27/17 at 11:08 AM ET

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