By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
Yep, you read it right. They’re dragging Jerome Iginla back into the Kings plans. You know it’s a slow news day when Yahoo and ESPN piggyback stories about an old trade rumor that never was and never will be. Yawn!
The only reason I’m even publishing this so I can say, “Why on earth would Dean Lombardi want to do this? Hello!?”
- Last I checked, the Kings have almost the exact same forward lineup that just won it all.
- Lombardi, who didn’t need to get rid of a quality winger in Gagne, did so anyway knowing he has Toffoli and others in Manchester. But hey, now he needs Iginla all of the sudden? And for what?
- Oh yes, Bernier. You know, the guy who’s seeing more playing time than ever racking up wins while sharing duties with Quick who has struggled in stretches all season. Right, give up a quality backup now for a waning winger the Kings don’t need and bring in Mikka Kiprusoff to compete with Quick? Bad idea.
- In case those who float this nonsense don’t know, the Kings need help on DEFENSE. Yes, you know with Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene out. Remember them?
The only move Lombardi should be actively be pursuing is for a blue-line veteran. Plain and simple. Emphasize the simple there. Amazing these stories not only get published by reputable sources, but then they actually take up most of the day with wonderings about how Iginla might fit into the Kings lineup. News-flash: He doesn’t! But it was refreshing to see the Globe and Mail knock down the rumor, so there’s that. Of course, as I told a friend who actually likes the idea of the trade, “Now watch, it’ll happen.” But it won’t.