Coyotes acquire Lombardi in deal with Maple Leafs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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When he was healthy, Lombardi was among the fastest centers in the NHL. The Coyotes are hoping at 30, he's still got wheels and can add to their overall speed up front with players such as Steve Sullivan and holdovers such as Mikkel Boedker, Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Vermette.

"He gives us depth at center," Tippett said. "He was a player when he was here, he fit in with our group real well. He plays with speed, he can play center or wing. Some players have a knack for fitting in places and when his name came up, we thought it was a guy that we could add to our lineup was a real plus for us."

Lombardi should have a good feel with most of his teammates.

He knows several of the players from his last go-round in the desert and spent much of the lockout skating with the Coyotes during their informal workouts at the Ice Den in Scottsdale while staying at captain Shane Doan's ranch.

Lombardi looked good during the workouts and exhibited some of the same speed he had during his previous stint in Arizona.

"I can't say enough good things about him," Doan said. "Lombo is one of those guys we all missed and obviously excited that he's coming back here. That's a huge get for us."

Lombardi has 97 goals and 157 assists in 508 NHL games, including a stint with the Calgary Flames. He's also played in 40 career playoff games, with three goals and 13 assists.