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Upon taking over the [[San Jose Sharks]], he was widely criticized for signing veterans. This move, however, proved to be beneficial while stockpiling the team's farm system with homegrown talent. During his tenure as Sharks GM, he drafted [[Patrick Marleau]], [[Brad Stuart]], [[Scott Hannan]], [[Marco Sturm]] and [[Marcel Goc]] in the first round along with [[Jonathan Cheechoo]], [[Mark Smith (hockey player)|Mark Smith]], [[Ryane Clowe]] and [[Christian Ehrhoff]] in the later rounds.
 
Upon taking over the [[San Jose Sharks]], he was widely criticized for signing veterans. This move, however, proved to be beneficial while stockpiling the team's farm system with homegrown talent. During his tenure as Sharks GM, he drafted [[Patrick Marleau]], [[Brad Stuart]], [[Scott Hannan]], [[Marco Sturm]] and [[Marcel Goc]] in the first round along with [[Jonathan Cheechoo]], [[Mark Smith (hockey player)|Mark Smith]], [[Ryane Clowe]] and [[Christian Ehrhoff]] in the later rounds.
   
He also traded for established veterans, including [[Owen Nolan]], [[Teemu Selänne]], [[Adam Graves]], [[Vincent Damphousse]], [[Mike Ricci]], [[Kyle McLaren]], [[Mike Vernon (ice hockey)|Mike Vernon]], [[Todd Harvey]], [[Bryan Marchment]] and [[Scott Thornton (ice hockey player)|Scott Thornton]], while developing their prospects slowly. All would become vital in the Sharks success during his tenure. The team would increase their point totals for six straight seasons during his guidance, becoming only the second GM in NHL history to accomplish the feat. Only [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] GM [[Bill Torrey]] accomplished the same feat overseeing the dynasty of the [[New York Islanders]] in the early 1980s.
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He also traded for established veterans, including [[Owen Nolan]], [[Teemu Selänne]], [[Adam Graves]], [[Vincent Damphousse]], [[Mike Ricci]], [[Kyle McLaren]], [[Mike Vernon (ice hockey)|Mike Vernon]], [[Todd Harvey]], [[Bryan Marchment]] and [[Scott Thornton (ice hockey player)|Scott Thornton]], while developing their prospects slowly. All would become vital in the Sharks success during his tenure. The team would increase their point totals for six straight seasons during his guidance, becoming only the second GM in NHL history to accomplish the feat. Only [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] GM [[Bill Torrey]] accomplished the same feat overseeing the [[dynasty]] of the [[New York Islanders]] in the early 1980s.
   
 
Lombardi was relieved of his duties, along with head coach [[Darryl Sutter]], late in the [[2002–03 NHL season]], a season in which many felt the Sharks would go deep in the playoffs, but struggled with a slow start, and never recovered. This could be mainly attributed to the lengthy contract hold-out of star goalie Nabokov.
 
Lombardi was relieved of his duties, along with head coach [[Darryl Sutter]], late in the [[2002–03 NHL season]], a season in which many felt the Sharks would go deep in the playoffs, but struggled with a slow start, and never recovered. This could be mainly attributed to the lengthy contract hold-out of star goalie Nabokov.
   
Shortly after his firing he was hired by the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] as a [[Western Conference (NHL)|Western Conference]] scout, a position he held until April 2006 when he was appointed president and general manager of the [[Los Angeles Kings]]. He will attempt to re-establish the team and its farm system with similar building and drafting strategies as he did with the Sharks, though the salary cap now comes into play. As of the conclusion of the 2008-09 season the Kings have yet to make the playoffs, though they have improved, albeit slightly, in wins and points under Lombardi's watch. However the Kings, despite aggressive moves by Lombardi, remain a second-tier team in the Western Conference. His five draft picks during his tenure include [[Jonathan Bernier]] (11th overall) and [[Trevor Lewis]] (17) in 2006, [[Thomas Hickey (ice hockey)|Thomas Hickey]] (4) in 2007, and [[Drew Doughty]] (2) and [[Colton Teubert]] (13) in 2008. Of those draft picks, only Doughty was on the Kings roster at the end of the '08-09 season. Bernier, Hickey, and Lewis are with the [[Manchester Monarchs]] of the [[American Hockey League]], the Kings top farm club.
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Shortly after his firing he was hired by the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] as a [[Western Conference (NHL)|Western Conference]] scout, a position he held until April 2006 when he was appointed president and general manager of the [[Los Angeles Kings]]. He will attempt to re-establish the team and its farm system with similar building and drafting strategies as he did with the Sharks, though the salary cap now comes into play. As of the conclusion of the 2008-09 season the Kings have yet to make the playoffs, though they have improved, albeit slightly, in wins and points under Lombardi's watch. However the Kings, despite aggressive moves by Lombardi, remain a second-tier team in the Western Conference. His five draft picks during his tenure include [[Jonathan Bernier]] (11th overall) and [[Trevor Lewis]] (17) in 2006, [[Thomas Hickey (ice hockey)|Thomas Hickey]] (4) in 2007, and [[Drew Doughty]] (2) and [[Colton Teubert]] (13) in 2008. Of those draft picks, only Doughty was on the Kings roster at the end of the '08-09 season. Bernier, Hickey, and Lewis are with the [[Manchester Monarchs]] of the [[American Hockey League]], the Kings top farm club.
   
 
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