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Morning Line- Dean Lombardi


added 12:18pm, Video of the statement below...

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nEgativezEro's avatar

If only “caring really hard” won games. I bet if you brought the all the talented players you left off the roster, they would have cared just as hard and probably would have been much more successful.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 09/22/16 at 10:29 AM ET


Pfft, maybe if they didn’t select a bunch of crybabies! raspberry

Posted by Garth on 09/22/16 at 10:37 AM ET


“Guys who care” means exactly as much as “he’s a great guy in the locker room”.

How about choosing more guys who are better at what they do?

Especially in a short tournament, you have the best chance of winning when you utilize the best players available and Team USA chose role players with “grit” and “intangibles” over guys with “skill” and “tangibles” and they handicapped their team by doing so.

This is a short, all-star tournament and Team USA was built as if it were for an 82-game season.

Posted by Garth on 09/22/16 at 10:48 AM ET

Mandingo's avatar

This is what Grit™, Jam™, and Sandpaper™ get you.

Moral victories, while the skilled players skate around the ice with the trophy above their heads.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 09/22/16 at 11:45 AM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

There must be 22 guys out there that care about participating in a meaningless marketing tournament. The management team just needs to select harder.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/22/16 at 12:48 PM ET


Nobody’s attacked the character of these guys…

Posted by captaineclectic on 09/22/16 at 12:53 PM ET

blammo's avatar

As a Canadian, I appreciate that most American hockey fans are rightfully attacking management for this debacle.

It is much more exciting to beat your big brother when he brings his best.

And with the look of Team NA, it looks like those days might be right around the corner.

Though I will rue the day when kids from Arizona and Texas regularly start beating up our kids from Foral, Saskatchewan… that day may yet come.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 09/22/16 at 01:22 PM ET


Moral victories, while the skilled players skate around the ice with the trophy above their heads.

I’m pretty sure Team USA didn’t have any moral victories either…

Posted by Garth on 09/22/16 at 01:57 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

There are some USA players with SKILL and I am sure they would have cared also.

Lombardi just made too many mistakes and big ones

Only one who bugs me is Kesler, no care, no skill, Just an idiot

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/22/16 at 06:16 PM ET


If the US ever wants to win again they need completely new management. The idea that you can win without the most skilled players on your team has been proven to be wrong. Yes the players have heart but it takes more than heart to win against the best in the world, you also need skill.The management needs to take responsibility for the failure. We all know the players wanted to win; no one questions the players’ desire, what we question was the management’s plan of action.

Posted by Puckbubba on 09/23/16 at 10:47 AM ET

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