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Kings Acquire Jeff Carter and other Kings Rumblings…..


Los Angeles — The Kings have acquired forward Jeff Carter of the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Jack Johnson AND a first-round pick in either the 2012 or 2013 draft.  On November 13, 2010, Carter signed an 11-year, $58 Million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers through the 2021-2022 season. But Carter was dealt a blow when the Flyers traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 23, 2011 for Jakub Voracek and both a first and third round pick in the 2011 draft. Carter, who was reportedly not happy with the trade, never really found his place with the Blue Jackets. “I am obviouslyexcited,” Carter told the Kings’ website. “I am familiar with the team and a lot of guys on the team. I looked at the Kings at the start of the year as being a club in a good position to win. I look forward to coming to L.A. and being a part of it all.”

GM Dean Lombardi of the Kings had this to say about the trade in a conference call: “This isn’t your classic Trade Deadline deal. This is a good young player for a good young player. This is a hockey deal.” Lombardi who is on the hot seat to hold his job, has to be worried about the Kings play and thus, the slide in standings in the Western Conference. Since the Kings rank last in the league among goal scoring, the only read I can take away from this situation is that Lombardi is doing the best he can to jump start the Kings offense. Jack Johnson is an amazing player and it will be sad for me to see him go. But if this will help jolt the Kings to the team I know they are, then I am all for it. The Kings have recalled top prospect Slava Voynov from Manchester of the American Hockey League to replace Johnson. Voynov has four goals and 11 points in 33 games with the Kings this season.

A Dustin Brown Trade?!!??

The Kings are getting lots of interest in captain Dustin Brown. They may not move him in the end but are seeing what’s out there for him. Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are among a long list of teams that have interest in the Team USA Olympian. One source told ESPN.com that the Kings would like to get defenseman Luke Schenn and highly touted forward prospect Matt Frattin from the Leafs in a Brown deal. My sense is that Toronto would find that price too rich, but GM Brian Burke — who had Brown on Team USA in 2010 — really loves Brown.

The only thing I can say is: If they trade Brownie, Dean Lombardi is a FOOL!!!

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