“Maybe it would have bothered me more if I thought Kovalchuk was the final piece. But when I walked away, it was fine. We’re still on course here, we’ve got some other areas to improve. Somebody else is going to come up and 12 months later I’ve got Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and I’ve got no problem with that.”
– Kings GM Dean Lombardi on trying to sign Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.