Getting rid of Connolly makes your team better in the short and long term. He walks next season anyways. Last year at full strength he was miserable. Lombardi is a guy who if he can ever get over the post concussion symptoms could be useful. The problem is you cannot count on him to be. He returns to Phoenix who needed a second line type center and you guys got something back. Realistically I figured he was a buyout candidate in the mix with Komisarek and Connolly.