Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

One Last Shot For Vincent Lecavalier

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Eyebrows raised around the NHL when the Los Angeles Kings acquired Vinny Lecavalier on Wednesday.

What does Dean Lombardi, general manager of a Stanley Cup contender, see in a 35-year-old healthy scratch who was of little use to two coaches on non-playoff teams in Philadelphia?

Turns out, Lombardi is hoping for a little of…Bill Walton? Yes, the basketball Hall of Famer.

"The logic here is there's a lot of history of this," Lombardi explained to reporters. "I think Vinny, at this stage of his career, it's been made clear to us that it's all about getting one last chance to win it all. 

"…When you look at the history of things like this, with teams that have a chance to maybe do some damage, whether it's a Bill Walton, a top player, when he went to the Celtics; a guy here, Bob McAdoo, went to the Lakers; a guy like Darryl Strawberry and [Cecil] Fielder going to the Yankees – these were all top guys who, near the end of their career, wanted a chance to win and were willing to accept a lesser role."

It sounds off-the-wall, but Lombardi's thought process is interesting.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: vincent+lecavalier


Hippy Dave's avatar

From the cover of EA NHL ‘06 to this.  10 Years from that to this.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/08/16 at 02:42 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com