Next up in Scouting The Market is Matthew Lombardi.
Matthew Lombardi is a 28 year old center, who played this season with Coyotes. Lombardi put up a 19-34-53 line in 78 games with the ‘Yotes.
Lombardi is a speedy playmaker, who is adept at leading the rush. He’s one of the fastest skaters in the league, and that speed allows him to set up guys better. He worked well with Jarome Iglina in Calgary.
Lombardi isn’t very physical, and he isn’t a defense first guy, although his speed allows him to succeed on breakaways on a pass from the defensive zone. He would fit well with Marian Gaborik.
Lombardi made $2.35 million last year. He should get a raise, somewhere in the 3-3.5 million range. Not bad for a first line center.
Lombardi would play with Gaborik, and his speed should allow for more opportunities for Gaborik to get open. Lombardi would also benefit from riding shotgun to Gaborik.
If Lombardi is the only signing, here’s what the lines would look like:
Is Lombardi worth the money? Is he a good fit? Let us know in the comments.