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Lombardi On the Carter Trade

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

I’ll have the full transcript of the Dean Lombardi conference call shortly, but here are the highlights…

– Talks with the Blue Jackets started “heating up” about a week ago.

– Lombardi said he understands that taking on Carter’s big contract is a risk, but feels it is worth it.

– Carter will have to do an extensive physical. The Kings hope he will be able to play on Saturday, but aren’t certain.

– Lombardi said that in terms of potential trades beyond this, he has “absolutely nothing” right now but said he will be open to talks.

– Lombardi said the questions about Carter’s character have been overblown.

continued and if you wish to listent to the press conference, you can do so below.  Many media members mentioned the conference was one entertaining.

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Pending Trade- Columbus Trades Carter To LA For Johnson And Pick

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Jeff Carter has been traded to LAK for Jack Johnson and 1st round pick. Pending a medical tomorrow.

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

Deal will be made official when #CBJ GM Scott Howson in roughly 45 minutes.

added 8:51pm,

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round draft selection in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  Today’s trade is contingent on both players passing physicals

“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,” said Lombardi.  “We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

added 9:02pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Jack Johnson and a first round pick in either the 2012 or 2013 Entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for center Jeff Carter, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced this evening. The deal is subject to the completion of player physicals.

“Jack is a talented young defenseman who will strengthen our defense corps and we are very excited to add him to our organization,” said Howson. “We are committed to re-shaping our club and moving forward. Adding a player like Jack and a first round pick are important parts of that process.”


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Caps And Kings On A Downward Spiral

from Guy Spurrier of the National Post,

With about a quarter of the National Hockey League season left, most teams are scrambling furiously to make the playoffs. Then there are the Washington Capitals and the Los Angeles Kings.

In preparation to debut our playoff projection report, we’ve been watching these two clubs’ seasons disintegrate in slow motion. The Capitals, last season’s No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, have won just five of their last 17 games and are on their hands and knees unrolling a red carpet toward the No. 8 seed for Toronto and Winnipeg. Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss in Ottawa came a day after the club was blasted by owner Ted Leonsis in his blog. He called Monday’s 5-0 loss to Carolina “the worst game of the season” and said the Capitals “came up small when we needed to come up big.”

The Kings have won two of their last 10 games and suffered four soul-crushing losses in a row, including a pair of 1-0 home-ice defeats last week to Phoenix and Calgary, two of the teams they are are fighting with at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture. On Tuesday, the Kings blew a three-goal first-period lead in a 5-4 loss in Phoenix. Wednesday night in Denver, in a game that would have reversed L.A.’s fortunes and all but buried Colorado, the Avalanche scored three first-period goals and cruised to a 4-1 win.

Wednesday night’s losses by these two clubs further eroded their projected point totals. We now have Washington nearly two full points behind Toronto for the No. 8 seed and about 4.5 behind Florida for the Southeast Division title and the No. 3 seed. Los Angeles fell below Calgary in our projection with the latest loss.


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Kings Not Happy With Being A Man Short Late In Regulation

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

One of the final twists in tonight’s wild game came with 6:13 remaining in regulation, when Kings winger Kyle Clifford was given a match penalty for a hit on Phoenix’s Gilbert Brule. Clifford had only been out of the penalty box for 24 seconds after he served a tripping penalty. Brule was very slow to get up, after what appeared to be a hit to the head, and in a post-whistle scrum, Clifford tussled with Keith Yandle. Yandle got a two-minute roughing penalty, so the teams were 4-on-4 for two minutes and then the Coyotes got a three-minute power play, on which they scored to make it a 4-4 game. Afterward, the Kings were most upset with the way the penalties were called. Initially, matching two-minute penalties were on the scoreboard, but after an officials’ conference, the call was changed. That didn’t sit well with Dustin Brown or Darryl Sutter after the game.

continued and watch the hit bolow.  The Coyotes did win in the shootout, 5-4.

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Kings Remain Offensively Challenged

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

“The important thing is that we have this kid locked in for eight years. I just want to go win Cups.”

-Kings Governor Tim Leiweke, Sept. 29/11, the day Drew Doughty was signed

Los Angeles has until 2019 to grab those multiple championships under Doughty’s current contract (quote courtesy of “Kings Insider” reporter Rich Hammond), but success in Year I is definitely endangered. California’s seniormost NHL team wakes up Monday outside a playoff position, dropping out of the West’s Top Eight with a 1-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday.

The major problem? A flaccid offence—rock-bottom in the NHL with just 124 goals. This is not a good omen. The Kings are on pace for a total of 172 and the last club to reach the playoffs with a total that low no longer exists. The 1970 Oakland Seals (LA’s extinct expansion brother) made it with 169. (The 1995 lockout-shortened season is discounted.)

The last time a team with the fewest scores made the postseason was the 1989 Vancouver Canucks, although two recent teams were close. The 2010 Bruins were 29th and the 2008 Ducks 28th. But it’s generally not a recipe for success.

continued plus 30 Thoughts…

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Moving Jack Johnson?

from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

LeBrun: And of course the biggest name of all, when it comes to defensemen on the trade market, is Jack Johnson in Los Angeles. I had a few team executives this week tell me he’s in play but only for the type of deal that hands the Kings the top-line forward they’ve been craving. Shut out 1-0 at home by Phoenix Thursday night, I have to imagine Kings GM Dean Lombardi will be even more determined in his efforts to land Rick Nash. Jeff Carter and Ales Hemsky are other possibilities. The Kings can’t score and must make the playoffs. Lots of pressure there.

Burnside: As you know, I wasn’t a fan of the Darryl Sutter hire when Lombardi dismissed Terry Murray and the team has continued to struggle offensively after a spasm of productivity and not surprisingly slowly slid down the standings. That’s what happens when you’re dead last in goals scored per game and 22nd on the power play. There is more than a little impatience in Los Angeles with the Kings’ plans for building a contender. The fans have been surprisingly understanding, but if the Kings miss the playoffs, that would be a monster blow for the franchise and I have to assume one that would signal dramatic change from the top on down. Right now, the Kings are in eighth place thanks to their loss at home versus the resilient Phoenix Coyotes, and Calgary is just two points back after picking up a point in an overtime loss to Dallas. Dallas, by the way, is just four points back of the Kings with a game in hand.

I must admit I still don’t get the willingness to part with Johnson for some of the reasons outlined above. No matter how much you need offense, it’s nigh on impossible to replace a young, puck-moving defenseman the likes of Johnson. I guess it’s a case of high risk, high reward for Lombardi. Either way, the Kings will be a team to keep an eye on in the coming days.

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Video- A Battle In LA

The Coyotes defeated the Kings last night 1-0 to leap over them in the standings.

The game also featured 40 PIM in the first period, 3 fights and no instigator penalties!!!

Watch the fight action…

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NHL Investigates Clock Issue, Finds No Defects

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Officials in the NHL’s situation room will more closely observe the final minute of each period of each game and will refine the overall game-timing process as the result of the league’s investigation into a pause of the Staples Center clock during the Kings’ game against Columbus on Feb. 1. That hesitation added a second to the final period and allowed Drew Doughty score the winning goal.

Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said Thursday that the clock’s maker, Daktronics, had examined the clock and found “no defects.” He also said the off-ice crew working that game had been interviewed and that he was “completely satisfied” with the clock operator, whom he would not identify.

However, Campbell said he plans to rotate the crew members’ duties “to avoid any thoughts there may be issues with the clock when opposing teams play at the Staples Center.”


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Kings Announce New Season Ticket Pricing

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

One of Jeanne Torres’ first purchases after she graduated from college was Kings season tickets, and she has remained loyal through nine years of good and bad.

But the San Pedro graphic designer’s fanaticism and finances were tested this week when she learned the two seats that each cost her $33.50 per game this season could cost $40 next season following a sweeping price rescaling at Staples Center.

“There’s a big difference between what your heart wants to do and your brain wants to do,” Torres said Tuesday. “I love it. I don’t want to give it up. But when push comes to shove and it doesn’t look like we’re going to do anything better than we did last year I may put those seats on hold.”

A club spokesman said some seats will decrease by $5.50 to $12 and others will increase by as little as 50 cents to as much as $13 per game. The “blended” increase will be 9% for those who renew by the March 24 deadline and 11% for those who renew afterward or are new buyers.


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The Jack Johnson Rumors

Darren Dreger of TSN answers some emails,

I keep reading Jack Johnson’s name in trade rumours from various sites (probably guys who don’t really have any insight posting for conversation). Is there actually a chance L.A. would be shopping Johnson?  Also, I’ve read St. Louis is seeking a Top 6 playmaker, any chance of them acquiring one?

What are your thoughts?

A:  Warren, there’s no reason to believe Los Angeles is shopping Jack Johnson and based on recent dealings I’ve had with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, he’s tired of all speculation. It’s believed Lombardi would like to add a forward and the names of Carter, Hemsky, Huselius, MacArthur and Kulemin are considered potential candidates, but Lombardi is one of the more unpredictable GMs, so zeroing in on a specific target is a tricky business. As for St. Louis, Blues GM Doug Armstrong goes about the hunt in a somewhat sleuth-like fashion. We know St. Louis would like to add a defenceman and if there is an affordable upgrade to his top six available, I’m sure it will be considered. But as I said, Armstrong is masterful at staying under the radar and is always a prime suspect when we start hearing the rumblings a blockbuster may be in the works.

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