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“The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”

-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Smyth/Fraser trade with Edmonton.  Fraser is injured and Lombardi is not happy with that.  More at Helene Elliott’s twitter account.

added 9:13pm, David Staples of the Edmonton Journal with his opinion,

My take is there’s plenty of room for medical specialists to disagree about an injury, and to do so in good conscience. If Lombardi has a real complaint, he can take it to the NHL. Until he does, this comes off as something of a snit fit from a GM not used to having a star player holding a gun to his head and demanding a trade to a single specified location.


added 9:15pm, Helene’s story just made it at The Fabulous Forum, where the story gets a little more in-depth.

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UMFan's avatar

What an uneducated comment. People wonder why some franchises have trouble making money. They have bafoons like this running things. Unless Fraser is unable to play hockey EVER and the subsequent trade propells the Oilers into insolvency, its not even in the same ballpark as Madoff. Madoff is part of the scum of the earth that ruined many peoples lives. Lombardi might as well voice sympathy for the 9/11 attackers. They are equally illogical in concept.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/08/11 at 11:34 PM ET


Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/08/11 at 09:34 PM ET


Look it up please.

Posted by Garth on 07/08/11 at 11:40 PM ET


Don’t say you are hungry enough to eat a horse to Michael Douglas up there.

Posted by jmiller on 07/09/11 at 12:09 AM ET

Primis's avatar

And people wonder why everyone in hockey considers Edmonton to be Hell…

Posted by Primis on 07/09/11 at 12:20 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

Does the NHL not execute trades like other leagues? I know in MLB and the NBA you have to pass a physical to make the trade official so I’m guessing it’s different here.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 07/09/11 at 12:42 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

LOL edmonton.  This is why everyone is screaming to come over there.

The only reason they want fraser to be healthy is because they WANT TO BUY HIM OUT.  so obviously lombardi is PISSED that this did not happen just once but TWICE IN A WEEK.

Edmonton has no credibility, what a shitty organization.  Noone wants to play there, and management has no honor.  Feel sorry for the fans for all the garbage they have to deal with.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 07/09/11 at 01:53 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I’m just happy to see Smyth back in Edmonton.  He’s their Stevie Y.

The rest is history.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/09/11 at 03:07 AM ET


Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/08/11 at 09:34 PM ET

Did you read Helene’s story?  It’s not just that the original injury the Oilers and Kings knew about at the time of the trade hasn’t healed, it’s that there are 2 other problems and one will require surgery and Fraser missing 4 months.  Either Edmonton’s doctors are totally incompetent or they absolutely did not negotiate in good faith.  It’s not like the Kings were really asking for top tier talent in return for Smyth.  Maybe the Oilers are so cheap they just wanted to dump guys who are hurt so they don’t have to pay for medical care and salary for a guy who can’t play.

Posted by RoneFace on 07/09/11 at 03:38 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Some Edmonton fans *have* wondered about the competence of the doctors the team uses, not just when players get injured, but when they seem to come back sooner than they should and then get hurt worse after being rushed.

Either that or Edmonton is just an inherently unhealthy environment and everyone who enters the city limits automatically gets a sprained knee and a groin strain.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 07/09/11 at 07:04 AM ET


Wrong, what Edmonton fans are wonder is if LA has such an issue why are they talking to a puppet journalist about it and not the league.  Seems like a smoke show to me when Helene is the police, judge, and jury.

Posted by LumberingD from Edmonton on 07/09/11 at 11:37 AM ET


Posted by LumberingD from Edmonton on 07/09/11 at 09:37 AM ET

And everyone else is wondering why Edmonton fans would assume that he’s talking to a reporter INSTEAD of the league, as if they’re mutually exclusive things.

Did you read the part about Lombardi being fed up with Edmonton not being communicative and now he’s pursuing his legal options?

Posted by Garth on 07/09/11 at 12:00 PM ET

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