Your Anaheim Ducks have acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brandon McMillan. B-Mac had his time in the sun with the Ducks but failed to consistently produce. He's been in Norfolk a majority of the season after a tiny stint with the Ducks once he came back from an injury.
Here's a look at what you're getting with one-year rental and $2M cap hit Lombardi:
#8 / Center / Anaheim Ducks
Mar 18, 1982
I asked Carl Putnam, Managing Editor at Five For Howling about the newest edition to the Anaheim roster:
JN: What are the Ducks gaining by acquiring Lombardi? He seems to be an average scorer and face-off guy.
CP: He is an average center, but he's a speedy one. Probably will fit in well with Bruce's style.
JN: Lombardi's been on the Coyotes twice. Any major differences between Lombardi of 2009-10 and Lombardi of 2013?
CP: He didn't have Scottie Upshall on his wing this time. Those two had some weird form of chemistry back in 09-10. The 'Yotes wanted to re-sign him but he went for money in Nashville.
JN: He hasn't played a full season in a while and has only appeared in 22 games this year. Is it because of injuries or because he's been healthy scratched a bunch?
CP: He's had a bunch of injuries since he left after his first stint here. That is why he's only played 21 games this past year. Looked good last night.
On a side note, this trade bummed me out a little. I really liked Brandon McMillan but I can see why the Ducks were willing to part with him. He wasn't improving to a point where he was a strong part of their future.
Ducks (likely) final move of the day. What does it say about you as a player if they can't even decide what you're worth in return, aside from being a favor between teams?
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