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Marian Gaborik and Kings are a solid fit for each other
Marian Gaborik and Kings are a solid fit for each other

Fretting and pacing are two of Dean Lombardi's default mechanisms. That, and sprinkling references to Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson or the Pittsburgh Steelers during a routine conversation. On this particular day, the Kings general manager sat in his office, worried about signing his leading playoff goal scorer before interlopers were allowed to enter the fray. Teams could entertain players before the July 1 free-agency period began because of a newly established "interview period" that would begin June 25. Talks weren't moving along to Lombardi's satisfaction one week after the Kings won theStanley Cup for the second time in three seasons. By the weekend, the...

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