So, Dean Lombardi did it. He made the move that many had suspected he had to in acquiring Jeff Carter for defensemen Jack Johnson and a first-round pick in either 2012 or 2013, depending on whether or not the Kings make the playoffs this season.
Am I surprised? Absolutely not.
Am I happy about it? Not really, but understand why Lombardi felt compelled to make it happen today.
Will it help? Well, it could, but I’m not sure just exactly how much it can.
Lombardi put himself in this desperate situation due to several factors. Going back to last season, his trades, free agent signings and several of his organizational call-ups/player promotions haven’t panned out. Dustin Penner has been a complete bust. Simon Gagne has been concussed and proven to be more of a risk than a reward at this point. Scott Parse has chronically bad hips. Trent Hunter couldn’t find himself here. Ethan Moreau couldn’t find himself here or in Manchester either. Kyle Clifford hasn’t made anyone forget about Wayne Simmonds this season. Trevor Lewis hasn’t done much of anything on offense. Andrei Loktionov went goalless for 33 games as our third-line center.
I can go on and on, but why? We all know how we got here. The question now is whether or not acquiring Carter will change the course of where we are heading.
What do you think?