So, the Kings hope Vincent Lecavalier will be like Bill Walton


If you can count on Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi to do one thing, it’s to provide more than the usual cliches.

Sure, he threw out some typical hockey banter during his press conference explaining the surprising trade that sent Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to Los Angeles (more details here).

For instance:

  • Backing up Damien Cox’s belief that the Kings wanted to beef up in two areas.

  • More specifically, Lombardi looks to Lecavalier to add “strength down the middle.”
  • Beyond that, he repeatedly compared Luke Schenn to Matt Greene, a physical defensive presence that the Kings are missing. He also noted that he hopes Drew Doughty (who’s quite familiar with Schenn) can take the still-pretty-young defenseman under his wing.
  • Lombardi also confirmed that Lecavalier is, in fact, planning on retiring after the 2015-16 season, a “key element” in getting the deal done.

The fun stuff came when he colored outside the lines.

Lombardi didn’t just explain that, ideally, Lecavalier will come in and play the common role of star-turned-veteran-role-player. Instead, he made some amusingly antiquated comparisons to aging big names moving to other teams for a shot at a Cup, making reference to Bill Walton’s time with the Boston Celtics and Bob McAdoo joining the Showtime Lakers.

(Was Lombardi watching a Magic – Bird documentary recently or something?)

He could have referenced Ray Bourque going to the Colorado Avalanche or any number of other hockey examples … but what’s the fun in that?

Also interesting: Lombardi more or less wished Mike Richards well, believing that he has a shot now that the facts are all known.

The Kings certainly should be interesting to watch, and their GM is usually a fun guy to listen to.

For his full comments, check out the OC Register’s transcript.