Is it time for general manager Dean Lombardi to pull the trigger on a deal?

With the Los Angeles Kings fighting for a Western Conference playoff berth and just three points up on the wild card zone, is it time for general manager Dean Lombardi to pull the trigger on a deal?


The Hockey News looks back at one of Lombardi’s shrewdest moves – sending Jack Johnson and a first rounder to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeff Carter in 2012 – and wonders if the same type of shake-up is available this season.

Former Kings Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri would work – THN muses – but even a cheaper option like Brad Boyes could also do the trick.

10 Responses to Is it time for general manager Dean Lombardi to pull the trigger on a deal?

  1. reinjosh says:

    A team that can barely score might need to make a move? You don’t say.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Also, I find it worth mentioning that the League’s best possession team is a bottom 5 scoring team. Also the Leafs are tied with them.

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      Are you suggesting puck possession is not typically a vital part of success? I don’t track this stuff, but I am a huge believer in puck possession so I looked it up as I wasn`t sure what you are trying to get at.

      Top 5 puck possession teams this year(all situations)

      1-5 = San Jose, Chicago, LA, St.Louis, Boston (Pitt is 10th)
      26-30 = Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Buffalo, Toronto

      Basically the top 6 favs to win the cup are top 10. 5 in the top 5.
      Toronto and Colorado are doing well despite themselves.
      LA is also top 3 GA and Toronto is bottom 3.

      In all seriousness, what point are you trying to make Josh?

      • reinjosh says:

        Dallas and New Jersey are both top 10 in puck possession and are bottom 12 teams. New York and Vancouver are also top ten in possession and are middling teams.

        Toronto, Minnesota, Colorado, Montreal are all bottom ten possession teams and are in playoff spots.

        Possession might not fully correlate to winning. There isn’t and never will be only one way to skin a cat. All I was trying to say is one stat picked arbitrarily to defend why said team is strong or weak isn’t necessarily equal to a be all solution to winning.

        I would tend to agree, better possession is good. But no need to rely on one thing to determine whether a team will be good or not.

        And you honestly can’t tell me it’s not interesting that the best team in the league in possession can barely score (it’s not like they don’t have the weapons either). It’s mildly interesting at the very least.

        • realistic_leafs_fan says:

          I don’t disagree Josh…just curious where you were going with that.
          As for LA, agreed they have the firepower, but have relied on controlling the puck and good defence most years. Two years ago they were second last in GF and second in GA. Not really anything that new in LA. They are always near the top in puck possession though.

  3. doorman says:

    LOL, possibly trading for players that you once traded away. That has to sting a bit?

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    The Achilles heel on the blueline isn’t necessarily zone coverage but making breakout passes to support the rush. That’s what annoys me most about Dion (I don’t really mind his game beyond that short coming) and my God how I loath Cody Franson with the puck in the defensive end. Gardiner, Rielly and Gunnerson are studs in this area IMO.

    • doorman says:

      Gleasaon is much better with the puck then I thought he would be. I have long wanted him as a Leaf, but never realized that aspect of his game was as good as it is.

      • realistic_leafs_fan says:

        Agreed, Gleason has for the most part, been smart with the puck.
        None of our defenceman look that good with the puck in our end though because most of the time as soon as they have control, all 3 forwards flee the zone leaving them few options. Gunnar is horrible if the has to skate with it. He has had his pocket picked more than any Leaf defenceman.
        They need to come out as a group and hit the neutral zone with speed. The forwards need to hang back and give the D more options. We score off the rush when the forwards pick up a loose puck in our slot, take off and trap opposing forwards down low in our end. If they would support better when we have control, we would exit the zone much easier more often.imo

        • mapleleafsfan says:

          Our possession numbers are up something like 3% with Gleason. Still bad numbers, but improved. He’s logging pretty huge minutes. That trade is looking very solid. Unfortunately Liles isn’t doing anything in Carolina or it would be a win-win trade.

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