Here's my objection, in a nutshell, of the whole "oh great, bring Saku back as a third liner, problem solved" deal.
The focus should be on HIRE A CENTER THAT IS BETTER THAN SAKU then Saku becomes the third line center by default. I'm really pulling my hair out trying to figure how anyone could be pimping the "saku to third line" move without FIRST having a second line center.
Not to give Hammond any excuses, but you've got to admit that the tone is set for verbal diarrhea over there at LAK by Dean Lombardi.
Lombo is the exact opposite of Bob Murray in utterance, but probably his equal with content.
I've never heard anyone say so little in saying so much as Deano... apart from politics.
Lombardi is really one odd dude, isn't he? Do you think he was fooling around with that "coulombs" thing or do you think he meant it? Half the time when I read a response of Lombardi to a Hammond question I think he's just messing around, purposely saying as many words as he can without conveying any meaning. He must be a really hard guy to work for.
I give Hammond no excuse. He blathers more than I do, all the time pretending he's like a scout or something. He's a PR guy that has followed hockey ever since he couldn't make a living following USC football. He is to journalism as I am to Olympic Gymnastics.