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Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:53 pm
 
DeanLombardiBy: Adam Gretz

Earlier this summer the Edmonton Oilers re-acquired one of the most popular players in recent franchise history, Ryan Smyth, in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Smyth had requested a move out of Southern California to be closer to his home in Alberta. In return for Smyth, who left the Kings with somewhat limited options, the Oilers sent them forward Colin Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick, after Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi had previously rejected a deal involving Gilbert Brule due to injury concerns.

Fraser didn't exactly have a clean bill of health either, having fractured a foot last season while blocking a shot. According to Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times, Lombardi said he knew of the injury but was told by the Oilers staff that Fraser was just days away from being cleared for hockey activities. Once the trade was completed and the Kings doctors examined Fraser, they found a number of unexpected issues, including an unhealed fracture, a cyst and a blood disorder which could keep him out for up to four months. None of this, as you can imagine, amused Lombardi.

When combined with the injury concerns to Brule in the original deal, Lombardi was left with some sour feelings toward the Oilers front office and said, via Elliot:

"The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”
The Oilers will reportedly not publically respond to Lombardi's comment.

This would be how relations between two teams turn sour. 

In the aftermath of the trade, when the Kings initially voiced their concerns over the injury, Oilers general manager Steve Tambelinni stood by the deal and insisted that Los Angeles knew Fraser's medical history prior to the trade and that none of it should be a surprise. The Kings, naturally, disagreed with that assessment and wanted to rework the trade. That never happened and they are now exploring their legal options.

In the meantime, it would probably be a safe assumption to think these two teams won't be involved in any deals together in the near future -- at least not until this situation sorts itself out. Or, worst case scenario, when either team (or both) has a change in its front office and the two clubs can start their relationship over with a clean slate.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:54 am
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Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Lombardi is really looking like an idiot after the Oilers dealt Cogliano to Anaheim for a second round pick!



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

How do you get a 124 rating for being completly off the wall? jusy asking.?????



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

HEY LUMPY GET A GRIP ON REALLITY IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE canadian TEAMS REVENUE SHARING FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS THIER WOULD BE 3 US TEAMS LEFT!!!!!!  hOW ABOUT WE TAKE THE us ORIGANAL 6 TEAMS AND TELL THE REST TO GET LOST,WITH MORRONS LIKE YOU OUT THIER. tHAN TRY HAVING A usa HOCKEY  LEAGUGE ON VERUS 3 LOL.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Wow.....maybe all the other teams can take advantage of Lombardi's stupidity!!!!!

The Red Wings can offer the Kings Vladimir Konstantinov for Jonathon Quick, the Blackhawks can trade Bob Probert for Mike Richards, the Winnipeg Jets can trade some Atlanta Thrashers merchandise for Anze Kopitar along with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:30 am
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Holy crap "lumpoco"!  Someone has finally taught a chimpanzee to type.  Congratulations on achieving moron status!



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:28 am
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Holy crap, your obviously slightly mentally deficient.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:27 am
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Holy crap are you stupid.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:25 am
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Holy crap are you stupid. 




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:24 am
 

Dean Lombardi still angry at Oilers

Do you have a mental disability. If so, your comments might be excusable,... if not then your a typical uneducated, dumbass american who has no idea what a cesspool their own nation has become.


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