For those who wonder about the Kings staff, and what they do to scout players and such, consider what Dean Lombardi has been through in the past 2 1/2 weeks. He started in Toronto, for Luc Robitaille’s Hall of Fame induction on Nov. 9, stayed there for the general managers’ meetings, left to do a tour of the Ontario Hockey League and its prospects, then hit the AHL to follow the Manchester Monarchs as they played four games in five nights. Then it was back to L.A. for one day before getting on the team plane to Edmonton and Vancouver, where he will have to spend Thanksgiving with the likes of me.
By the way, before I head out to the morning skate I’d like to thank Edmonton for its hospitality so far. No snow (so far), and most likely I won’t even have to use the gloves and hat I brought along for live-preserving purposes.