DETROIT - APRIL 20: Matthew Lombardi #15 of the Phoenix Coyotes tries to control the puck in front of Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2010 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 3-0 to tie the series 2-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Well it seems as though the Matthew Lombardi sweepstakes is over as he signed a 3 year, 10.5 Million dollar deal with the Predators. One of the top centers availiable on the market this year, there were rumors of him looking for 4.5 a year according to some reports. a 3.5 million a year contract actually seems just about right, though it may have been just a little high for the budget oncious Coyotes at this time.
That didn't keep Coyotes fans from being a little bit hurt by the announcement. On twitter the reactions went from just some disappointment to some.... mor angry responses. Here's a sampling:
NO LOMBO NO! QUICK, CHANGE YOUR MIND! @AZChick924
GAH! F U Lombo! #bitter @TheYotesDiva
I am so angry! @BabyKates7
He was a greedy SOB! @StoneyPHX
Un-friggin-believable. Matthew Lombardi demanded $3.8-$4.5 million from Phoenix and signs for $3.5 w/Nashville?! @scoobydoozi
Well I think that sums it up. Rather disappointing for a guy the fans here really liked. It's not like we know for sure what happened in those negotiations, but It certainly seems like he could have stayed but chose not to. Unfortunate.