I don't think anyone, especially well-established Los Angeles Kings journalists thought that the Kings Management would be making this hard of a push to sign Free Agent White Whale™, Brad Richards. But the Kings Management is trying.... oh lord, they are trying! So as team by team signed players to awful contracts.... Dean Lombardi knew that if you want the job done right... you better do it yourself... with 6 of your co-workers. To the Kings Copter!
That's right, Dean Lombardi and 6 (actually 7, sorry Lee Callans) of his Kings buddies headed up to Toronto today and gave Brad Richards what is known in the business world as the "hard sell." I really don't know what to think of this. While Thomas Fleischmann and Erik Cole went to brand new and more expensive homes, the Kings have gone all-in on the sweet Chablis of Brad Richards.
I wouldn't say it's the first time Dean Lombardi has gone all-in on a powerhouse free agent, but you have to wonder... if Richards chooses any of the other teams he's rumored to be interested in... then for a 2nd summer in a row, the Los Angeles Kings will have missed out on any significant free agent signings. Sure, Willie Mitchell turned out alright... but Willie Mitchell is not going to help Anze Kopitar or Mike Richards on the wing. But also signing Brad Richards is not going to help Anze Kopitar or Mike Richards on the wing... unless Brad Richards plays wing.
Other potential Richards for Dean Lombardi to go after.
Apparently the Kings Management put together quite the sizzle reel to entice Brad Richards to come to Los Angeles. And it even featured special guest appearances by Wayne Gretzky and Kobe Bryant. So you know the acting had to be top notch.
I'm surprised that fellow Canadian, Shawn Green, didn't appear in the video.
But I guess if you want people to come play sports in Los Angeles,
the Dodgers may not be the best role model right now.
It looks like we will find out Saturday which team Brad Richards is taking his talents to. I'd be surprised if Richards chooses Los Angeles. I'd be even more surprised if he did without the team signing Drew Doughty first. Yeah, remember that guy? Is anyone else the slightest bit concerned that there has been no news of Doughty being any closer to signing a contract with the Kings?Unless he's in on the Brad Richards deal as well and waiting for an answer before telling the Kings just how many millions of dollars he should make. Now that would be a player committed to the team.