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King GM admits dealing Bernier was very difficult

Jun 23, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Many praise Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi for grabbing three assets for Jonathan Bernier – who was ready to move on as a restricted free agent any way – but he told NHL.com that it wasn’t easy to part with the 11th pick of the 2006 NHL Draft.

“Unfortunately in this game, you’re not allowed to have a Grant Fuhr and an Andy Moog,” Lombardi said. “That’s the reality of what I’m dealing with … I don’t particularly relish these deals. You don’t start out with a hockey deal. It’s an asset deal. It was a very difficult deal to make. There was a lot of due diligence.

“It’s very difficult to get market value for a guy who’s No. 1. You do the best you can.”

Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford – another memorable former Edmonton Oilers goalie – raved about the 24-year-old netminder to ESPN.

“He’s the real deal,” Ranford said. “He’s really highly regarded by us. He’s not only a great goalie but he’s a great person. They’re going to love him there.”

There’s a sense of loss to the quotes from Kings execs, but the silver lining is that Lombardi believes that he made the right move by not moving him at the trade deadline.

” … Last year we talked a number of times … but I wasn’t completely convinced it was time to move John,” Lombardi said. “In the end, thank God I didn’t move him because he was clearly instrumental in us making the playoffs.”

  1. kaptaanamerica - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    No doubt blue and white disease will take hold and he’ll be out of the league in 3 yrs.like Vesa Toskala

  2. blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    “If you can walk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch”

    CLOSE RANK FRIENDS, FOR “HE” HAS SPOKEN !

    As an ardent, loyal and values-driven fan of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings since 1973, never has my admiration and love for this team been greater than it is today … and no small part of my adornment is owing to the ‘quality’ executive leadership which is ‘he’ Dean Lombardi. What’s been done today was not so much an act of ‘dollars & cents’ as it was an act of ‘divine & pure’ decency. Sad as it was, Jonathan Bernier ‘had’ to be set free in-order for him to fulfill his dreams and reach his true potential and ‘he’ has facilitated such opportunity without hesitation. Unlike the ‘twisted & depraved’ Mike Gillis who keeps Roberto Luongo trapped here in Vancouver like some caged & tormented animal, “he’ has set about to doing the “right’ thing, right here, right now ! Yes friends, we Kings are a ‘blessed’ group and our cause is being driven by divine providence no doubt. But let us never forget that much of this is owing to ‘he’ .. our excellent executive leader Dean Lombardi !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVznPy1yEnE

    • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      sorry friends, as I became somewhat ‘over zealous’ there with my video selection ! :)

    • alswingman - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      That would be hard to do since you were not even born in ’73. You are a mentally ill tweenage girl.

      • ron05342 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        You are a moron. Blomfield has forgotten more hockey than you know.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      Didn’t you guarantee that Bernier would be traded somewhere else?
      Clueless freak

  3. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    scaarepittschamberofcommerce

  4. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    I just can’t wait til blomfield has to refer to the king as: “former’ reigning Stanley “cup” ‘champs”.

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