Just got off the phone with Dean Lombardi, who gave updates on a few topics. Full interview to come, but here are highlights…
– Lombardi was pleased to bring back Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser, and indicated that Stoll probably would have — in a money-heavy, player-thin free-agent market this summer — received more money than he did in re-signing with the Kings.
– The Kings are still open to bringing back Dustin Penner, but Lombardi said Penner will require some type of wrist surgery this summer and that Lombardi and Darryl Sutter will discuss Penner at some point soon.
– Lombardi said it has not yet been determined who will replace Jamie Kompon on the coaching staff, but said he wanted Sutter to make his own choices in terms of building a staff.
– The Kings gave permission to the Philadelphia Flyers organization to hire Terry Murray, who is expected to be the head coach of the AHL affiliate. Lombardi said Murray would get a Stanley Cup ring from the Kings.