September 4, 2003 |
Dean Lombardi had hit rock bottom. He had no one to talk to, nowhere to turn, no future in sight. "Quite frankly, I was in a coma for four months," recalled the former general manager of the San Jose Sharks, who was hired as a scout by the Flyers last week. A dynamic young executive, Lombardi, 45, had placed the Sharks on the map with five straight playoff appearances. His clubs had improved in the standings in each of those years. Now he was unemployed, fired in March by the Sharks' chief executive officer, Greg Jamison.
June 11, 2013
After two straight playoff runs extending well into June, Dustin Brown believes the Los Angeles Kings get the full benefit of all that experience only if they stay together. Two days after the Kings' title defense ended in the Western Conference finals in Chicago, Brown echoed his teammates' desire Monday to keep the Kings' core largely intact this fall. The captain echoed the thoughts of general manager Dean Lombardi, who said he'll endeavor to keep nearly every significant contributor to the team coming off the most successful two-year stretch in franchise history.
February 11, 2001 |
The San Jose Sharks last night appealed captain Owen Nolan's 11-game suspension, and general manager Dean Lombardi implied that the NHL had a bias against the team. Nolan was suspended Friday for his hit on the Dallas Stars' Grant Marshall on Feb.1. Appeals are permissible under the NHL's bylaws, but are rarely successful. Lombardi said that the Sharks' appeal was warranted because, he said, the punishment didn't fit Nolan's crime. "It's no secret that [NHL commissioner]
November 16, 1995 |
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said it was a tough decision personally - and a risky one. The Devils traded backup goaltender Chris Terreri to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in the 1996 entry draft, Lamoriello announced yesterday. The Devils lose a goaltender who has been with the organization since 1983. They also lose an experienced backup to Martin Brodeur. Terreri, 31, has appeared in four games this season, and is 3-0-0 with a 2.57 goals-against average.
January 19, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Kings have given multiyear contract extensions to coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi, and president of business operations Luc Robitaille. The Stanley Cup champions announced the deals Friday. Sutter took over for the fired Terry Murray in December 2011 and immediately led the Kings to the franchise's first championship. The veteran coach went 25-13-11 in the regular season before eighth-seeded Los Angeles' 16-4 rampage through the playoffs. Last-minute moves The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tom Poti from Hershey of the AHL, bringing back someone who hasn't played in an NHL game in two years because of injuries.
December 16, 2011
Dustin Brown scored on a redirect midway through the third period, and Jonathan Quick had 24 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in Ohio, ending a five-game skid and giving interim coach John Stevens his first victory with L.A. Brown added an assist and Davis Drewiske also scored for the Kings, who fired Terry Murray on Monday. There is speculation that general manager Dean Lombardi is close to hiring former San Jose coach and Calgary GM Darryl Sutter as the permanent coach.
December 3, 2002 |
There's a good chance that in a year or so, defensive prospect Jeff Woywitka will be skating on the Flyers' blue line. Yesterday, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman was invited to the 2003 Canadian national junior team selection camp for players under age 20. The 22-member team will compete for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Woywitka, 19, has 10 goals and 19 assists for 29...
December 13, 2011 |
COACH TERRY MURRAY doesn't deserve the blame for the Los Angeles Kings' terrible start to a season of high expectations, according to general manager Dean Lombardi. Yet Lombardi decided Murray had to pay for it anyway. Los Angeles fired Murray yesterday and replaced him with assistant coach John Stevens, like Murray a former Flyers head coach, who will be the Kings' interim coach when they open a four-game road trip tonight in Boston. Murray was behind the long-struggling Kings' bench for their best moments in the past decade, leading Los Angeles to consecutive playoff appearances after an 8-year absence while compiling the best winning percentage (.560)
August 2, 1997 |
The San Jose Sharks are close to acquiring goaltender Mike Vernon from the Detroit Red Wings, according to a published report. The San Francisco Examiner, citing a league source that it didn't name, reported that Vernon, the 1997 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs, has asked to be traded. Last season, Vernon had a 13-11-8 record and a 2.43 goals against average during the regular season, sharing time in net with Chris Osgood. Vernon then posted a 16-4 record with a 1.76 goals-against average during the postseason for the Stanley Cup champions, who swept ther Flyers in four games.
April 8, 1998 |
Kris Draper is scoring dramatic goals for the Detroit Red Wings again. That must mean it's getting near playoff time. Draper's tiebreaking goal with 2:06 left last night gave host Detroit a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues and moved the Red Wings back into a tie for the Western Conference lead. Draper beat St. Louis goalie Grant Fuhr to finish off a pretty three-man break with Larry Murphy and Yzerman. The goal came just 2:56 after Sylvain Turgeon scored for the Blues to forge a 3-3 tie. It was a career-best 13th goal for Draper, who usually performs better during the playoffs than the regular season.