Or to make this short, I don't fully agree with Lombardi's beach theory. Compiling enough information about the guy to make an educated guess whether he is gonna come here for the right or wrong reasons before the actual negotiation starts can't be THAT hard.
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Lombardi never wanted him in the first place. Everything he has said and done as a GM in Los Angeles tells you that he never had any intention of signing Kovlachuk unless he came here on Lombardi's terms and at Lombardi's money.
And even on the offhand chance that Kovalchuk would take a fair offer, because lets face it, how many prime-time UFA's have ever taken reasonable offers on a new team, Lombardi turned on the ol' charm to make LA seem like a good place to come and be a cog instead of a wheel.
Do you honestly think Dean Lombardi would try to woo the biggest free agent in NHL history with a $5.33 cap hit AND let him know that he would be playing second fiddle to the young core if he really wanted him?
This would have been the easiest signing ever if Dean wanted Ilya in LA.
every time you heard Deano mention Kovalchuk or "the guy from New Jersey" before July 1st, whether in jest or not, should have set off the window dressing alarms...
that is all.