Well assuming that Crawford is the next coach of our Los Angeles Kings...
1. Order your #11 Owen Nolan jerseys now. Crawford coached him in Cornwall in the OHL and later in Quebec for a season. Lombardi has a relationship with Nolan going back to Juniors as well and had him in San Jose for a while.
2. Todd Bertuzzi will NOT be traded to the Kings. Markus Naslund will NOT be traded to the Kings.
3. Ed Jovanovski is a possibility as a UFA.
4. So is Trevor Linden if he doesn't re-sign in Vancouver. He's the type of veteran that Lombardi brought in early on in San Jose.
5. Sean Avery MAY be brought back but it's unlikely. Crawford does love his pests (Lemieux, Cooke, etc) but he can be pretty high strung and doesn't have the patience for Avery's antics. A guy like Ville Nieminen could be a potential replacement.
6. Goaltending will be a TOP priority. Crawford went through enough years where goaltending let down the team in the playoffs (Cloutier/Essensa/Skoudra/Hedberg/Auld). Some of the first moves that Lombardi made were bringing in veteran goalies like Belfour, Vernon and Hrudey. He also drafted Kiprusoff, Nabokov and Toskala to address the team's future in goal.
7. The Kings WILL improve. It's been well documented that Lombardi's Sharks improved from 47 to 62, 78, 80, 87, 95 and 99 points. Crawford took over a Nordiques team that had 76 points and put up winning percentages of .677, .634 and .652 and won a Cup. He took over a Canucks team in disarray in the midst of a 58-point season. Over the next 5 years they put up 83, 90, 94, 104 and 101 points.
8. Both Craword and Lombardi have something to prove. Lombardi built a team that was on the cusp of taking it to the next level but was fired after the team took a step back largely due to holdouts by Nabokov and Stuart. Crawford has won a Cup but wasn't able to get Vancouver to the next level largely because of goaltending, key injuries, and of course the "Bertuzzi incident" in what was probably their best chance to make a Cup run.
9. Crawford will know how to get the most out of Miller and Sopel. Sopel had great success playing under Crawford, improving his point totals from 14 to 25, 37 and then 42. Yes he was traded but it was most likely due to his contract status and the upcoming cap then it was his play, since he was coming up his best year. Miller broke into the NHL and played a couple seasons under Crawford developing into a strong defensive defenseman. Yes, one of the two may be moved for cap reasons (depending on who else is brought in) but it's very possible that both could stay due to their history of success under Crawford. I'm quite sure that Crawford loved having Ohlund so I bet he will enjoy coaching Norstrom who is a tougher and seems like a "Crawford-type" player.
10. The Kings will have a world-class General Manager and Coach. They will have guys who have a history of success and were probably the best available GM and Coach available. Crawford has won a Cup and was hand-picked to coach Team Canada in Nagano. Yes it's true that, as Canadians we don't like to talk about that tournament and some even blame Crawford for his picks in the shootout but let's face it we lost because of one player only - Dominik Hasek. I'm one of the biggest Andy Murray fans out there but Crawford has experiences to draw on that players should respond to (including an 11-year playing career - 176 games at the NHL level).
11. We will likely see some veteran "foot soldiers" on the 3rd and/or 4th lines. Crawford had success with guys like Ricci, Keane and Yelle. Lombardi always brought in guys like Graves, Matteau, Harvey, Ricci, Thornton, etc.
Scanning the UFA list there are names like Grier, Donovan, Simon, Cullen, Dowd, Hinote, Harvey, Peca, Pandolfo, Varada, Ricci, McCauley, Nieminen, Thornton and Ruutu available and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see one or two on the 4th line instead of a guy like Pushkarev.
12. We MAY have an enforcer. Clearly Crawford likes having guys like Simon and Brashear but it's still to be determined whether they will have a place in the "new" NHL.
13. Brown should benefit from playing under Crawford. Bertuzzi and Deadmarsh certainly did. Crawford definitely brought the best out of guys like Bertuzzi, Naslund and Morrison, something that New York, Pittsburgh and New Jersey were unable to do. Maybe we'll trade for or sign a guy who had a ton of potential and for whatever reason has not lived up to it. Perhaps when we get that player everyone will say that Lombardi is "dumpster diving" and Crawford will develop said player into an NHL star.
14. Crawford will be patient with the kids but if they follow the path of the Sedins they will improve each year and will be given more responsibility each year. By year four they were 40-50 point players and by year five they formed the team's most effective and consistent line with Anson Carter (who MAY also be a possibility but I bet he'll stay in Vancouver). Frolov is going into Year 4 and is coming off a 54 point season in 69 games. While many have already written him off I think that his creative side and talent will finally come out under Crawford.
15. People complain that Crawford only won one Cup with Colorado but he was only there for four years. As I said when he took over they were coming off a year where they missed the playoffs and he led them to a 30-13-5 season. They were knocked out in the 1st round with Fiset and Thibault in goal. In Year Two they had 104 points, won the Division and the Stanley Cup. In Year Three they had 107 points, finished first in the league and lost in the Conference finals to Detroit. Year Four was the only disappointing year - 95 points and a first round loss to Edmonton. But don't forget that Crawford wasn't fired from Colorado. He resigned because Lacroix only offered a one year extension and ended up in Vancouver about 8 months later. Crawford will be very eager to prove that the failures in Vancouver were not his fault and although he certainly has to take some of the blame, I'd say that goaltending and Bertuzzi's suspension handcuffed him in the two years where they actually had a chance to do something. This year there were too many injuries, weak goaltending and chemistry problems (mostly caused by Bertuzzi/Naslund from what I hear).