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December 12, 2011 3:55 pm

Lombardi conference call highlights

I’ll have the full transcript of Dean Lombardi’s conference call shortly, but here are some highlights…

— Lombardi said he had no timetable for hiring a full-time coach, but said, “we are looking at all our options.” Lombardi was asked directly about Darryl Sutter, but only repeated the looking-at-options line and indicated that he had a short list of candidates.

— Lombardi met with the players after firing Terry Murray and said, “They’re accountable. Unfortunately, the coach has to pay the price, but make no mistake, they’re the ones accountable for this.”

— Lombardi said he informed Murray of his firing around 4 p.m. local time. Lombardi said there was no moment that led him to dismiss Murray, not “one glaring moment,” but called it “something that builds up.”

— Lombardi acknowledged that some of the Kings’ young players have not met expectations, but said ”Greene and Brown certainly have to look at themselves as much as the young guys.”

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