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Scouting The Market: Matthew Lombardi

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 moreĀ opportunitiesĀ 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:

Dubinsky-Lombardi-Gaborik

Avery-Christensen-Callahan

Prust-Anisimov-Shelley

Weise-Drury-Boyle

Is Lombardi worth the money? Is he a good fit? Let us know in the comments.

7 Responses to “Scouting The Market: Matthew Lombardi”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    I like Lombardi and i think he’d be a good short term fix. If, as you say, he could be had for no more than 3.5m on a 2 year contract i’d jump at the chance because if he doesnt work out, those kind of numbers are very moveable for a speedy top 6/9 kind of guy.

  2. Dave says:

    Interesting, I forgot about Lombardi. He would be a cheap fix, but I don’t know if he’s a top line center. I think he would be better placed on a second line, but if someone on the team can step up and play top line minutes, it may be what the Rangers need.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      he isnt a top line center – agreed – but i dont think its viable to bring in one externally and not handucff the club long term. If we can effectively score by committee (gaborik withstanding) then im ok with that while we wait for Anisimov/Stepan/Kreider etc to mature into top 6 players.

      I think Lombardi can be an ideal stop gap while these kids go through the process….

  3. Dave says:

    I personally think Anisimov is ready to be a top line center with Gaborik, leaving Lombardi as a 2nd/3rd line guy. If he only wants a short term deal, and it’s cheap, I wouldn’t say no to him.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      i agree wholeheartedly, im just not sure Torts thinks he’s there yet. I know the 4th clicked at the end and you dont break up a good thing but given Tort’s penchant for limiting AA’s ice time all season im not sure he’d let it jump from 12/game to 18+/game. Thats a big jump. Who knows though, maybe he has a great camp and convinces Torts he’s ready for more.

      Whether it be top line or not, for the good of the Rangers they need to bring on AA more this next season…

  4. Dave says:

    His ice time was limited because he was a rookie, and he was nervous when he was playing with Gaborik as a rookie. I think those jitters are over now, so he should be given a shot at the top line.

  5. brian says:

    yea i dont agree with the lines you have above at all, but i like the lombardi idea