Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/16/13
Dean Lombardi one part parent and one part NHL general manager worked both roles the other day when he talked about the growing pains of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov. Lombardi the Kings' GM does not have children for the record. But you could say that he has 23 of them the Kings' roster on any given day. Voynov 23 has struggled to start the season often looking like a faint imitation of the defenseman who was rewarded with a six-year $25-million contract in the summer. He got better in the first two games of this four-game trip but failed to tie up Teddy Purcell's stick on Tampa Bay's second goal and got beaten on the outside in Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Lightning. Later Voynov did get the lone Kings' goal his first of the season. "I think he knows that he can be better and that's the most important thing" Lombardi said earlier Tuesday after the Kings' morning skate in Tampa. Voynov is a minus-two and has two points a goal and an assist in seven games. His ice time in th...
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