Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, contending the Edmonton Oilers had twice misrepresented the health of a traded player, said Friday the Kings will "look at our legal avenues" for a remedy.
"The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton's word," Lombardi said.
Lombardi agreed to take forward Gilbert Brule in exchange for Ryan Smyth but balked after the Kings determined Brule hadn't been procedurally cleared following a concussion. Lombardi didn't want to void the trade — Smyth asked to return to Edmonton and his departure gives the Kings sizeable salary cap relief — and instead accepted center Colin Fraser and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 entry draft without checking with legal counsel.
Lombardi said the Oilers told him Fraser was days from being cleared after recovering from a fractured foot. However, Lombardi said the Kings' doctors found Fraser has a cyst in his foot and a blood disorder and will need surgery and four months' recovery. An injured player can't be traded or bought out. "On the heels of Brule, holy smoke," Lombardi said.