from Doug Ward at LAKings.com, It’s a familiar refrain, as predictable as the changing of a season. Whenever an owner, general manager, or coach takes over a team, the first goal is always the same: Change the culture.
It was no different when Dean Lombardi stepped in as the Kings’ President/General Manager in 2006. Lombardi inherited a Kings team that, after finishing 10th in the Western Conference and missing out on the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, was in dire need of a makeover.
“It requires almost a cultural change, to get your staff thinking a certain way,” Lombardi said, shortly after taking over in Los Angeles. “That’s what we’re working toward.”
Lombardi was determined to create the kind of winning culture he saw in perennially contending teams in hockey-rich cities like Montreal and Philadelphia. Lombardi had worked for the Flyers as a scout before arriving in Los Angeles and had a first-hand understanding of the way a model franchise went about its business. ...