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Dean Lombardi On Mike Richards

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

In an emotional, poignant reaction on the day of the resolution of the Mike Richards contract saga, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi called what happened to Richards "a tragedy" and said he was devastated that Richards became caught in "a destructive spiral."

"Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career," Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to The Times on Friday. "At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now-and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.

"Anyone close enough to me knows how much I loved Mike Richards. I believed that when I had acquired him, I had found my own Derek Jeter. 

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Yeah, you loved him so much that the second you heard he had a drug problem you fell over yourself to break the rules and try to get it so that you didn’t have to pay him the money you owe him.

It really chokes a guy up to know that there is a love so pure in this world…

Posted by Garth on 10/10/15 at 09:05 AM ET

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Will someone please think of the children and test Dean Lombardi for drugs?  Also, a polygraph might be helpful.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 10/10/15 at 02:08 PM ET

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Sounds to me like someone who is trying to justify attempting to break the rules.

Also what is the point of trying to make Richards feel worse about the situation than he already does?  The entire situation is now complete and for some reason Lomardi feels the need to continue to smear Richards’ character in a very public way.  The only real answer for a guy who does that is because he himself feels guilty.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/10/15 at 05:23 PM ET

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