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PHT Morning Skate: Where Dean Lombardi’s job could be on the line

Feb 21, 2012, 7:37 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times thinks that Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s job might be on the line with how he handles things at the deadline. Perhaps providing shock collars to help the team score goals might help. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, fans in Philly wonder if Lombardi’s answers to the team’s offensive woes will come by reuniting Jeff Carter with Mike Richards in L.A. (

One more Kings note, they’re trying to avoid history in their next game. The Kings have never been shutout in regulation in three straight games before. It could happen tonight against Phoenix though. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Alex Ovechkin said he wasn’t hurt in last night’s 5-0 loss to Carolina, yet he was spotted limping. Hmm… (Capitals Insider)

Speaking of players with inconsistent performances of late, how about that Toronto goaltending? (TSN)

Ever wonder what it takes to be a hockey insider on the Internet and come up with a million phony trade rumors? Now you can find out. (On The Forecheck)

Speaking of trade rumors, Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner isn’t a big fan of them. (Toronto Sun)

Marc Staal is really starting to round into form nicely of late. (Ranger Rants)

Vincent Lecavalier is definitely out of tonight’s game against Anaheim. (Lightning Strikes)

We might have to start calling Jets coach Claude Noel “Debbie Downer” for how he accentuates the negatives with his team. (Winnipeg Sun)

College Hockey note: Paul Kelly stepped down as head of College Hockey, Inc. after he was told to either resign or be fired. Yikes. (USCHO)

  1. bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    He’s not the only GM in jeopardy of losing his gig (cough) McPhee

  2. t16rich - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Forget having the players put their head down and work hard when you can do a good ol mid season GM firing. That will get them in the playoffs. Firing Lombardi mid season wont solve anything. It’s time for this roster to man up and play for their goalie.

  3. bcisleman - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Said it before and will say it again…Lombardi’s job SHOULD be on the line. Let Moulson go for nothing and now he’s racking up 30+ goals a season like clockwork on the Island. Traded the best prospect in the NHL away for Richards and he has maybe half of Moulson’s numbers.

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