Jeff Carter traded to the Kings, Reunited with Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional 1st round pick either in 2012 or 2013 based on whether or not the Kings make the playoffs.

This past summer, the Philadelphia Flyers shook up their team trading away both Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to Columbus and Los Angeles respectively.  This deal reunites these two best friends on the opposite side of the country in Los Angles exactly eight months after the friendship was broken up.  Carter and Richards led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final and were within two games of winning the Stanley Cup.

This is a great pickup for the Kings.  Carter is very offensively talented and hopefully will rekindle the magic he had with Richards in Philadelphia.  They are fighting for their playoff lives as they currently sit in eight place in the Western Conference.  Carter will instantly provide a boost to the Kings lineup offensively and will provide a strong locker room presence.

The Kings GM, Dean Lombardi, spoke on Jeff Carter.  He said, “Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our League.  He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age he is entering the prime of his career.  We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing.  We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

The Kings paid a ransom to obtain Carter.  This included young, talented defenseman Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick.  Johnson’s strong defensive play, puck moving skills, and ice awareness will be greatly missed.  He regularly played over twenty minutes a night and that shoe will be hard to fill.  More pressure will be on the Kings’ defensive core and star goaltender, Jonathan Quick.  This move will pay off as the Kings have struggled scoring all season.  Quick has ten regulation losses this season when only giving up one goal.  This means in those games, the Kings have scored a maximum of one goal if they didn’t get shutout.  With those numbers, a change is expected to come.

Jack Johnson, along with current Blue Jacket James Wisniewski, will become the center pieces of which Columbus will build their new team around.  Both are very young and will develop into two of the league’s top defenseman.  If the Blue Jackets can acquire or sign a star goaltender, it will be very hard to score against Columbus in the future.

The rebuilding of the Blue Jackets is almost done.  Yesterday they traded Antoine Vermette and everyone knew they weren’t done.  Many speculations wonder if a deal for current Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash will come next.  The price for Carter was high and Nash will only come with a higher price tag.  The New York Rangers are leading the race for Rick Nash but many other teams may be interested as well.

More to Come..

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