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LA Kings Acquire Shoot-First Forward Jeff Carter…Just Don’t Expect Him To Be Their Savior

Jeff Carter
Photo: National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Desperate for scoring, and to keep his job, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has sent talented defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for center Jeff Carter.

Should the Kings miss the playoffs this season, the first round pick moves to the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Otherwise, the Blue Jackets get to choose to use the pick in 2012 or 2013, and they get to decide two picks prior to the Kings’ first round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The trade is also conditional on Carter and Johnson passing physical examinations.

In 61 games this season, Johnson has scored eight goals and has contributed 16 assists for 24 points, with 24 penalty minutes. Five of his goals came on the power play. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Need More From Scott Parse, Dustin Penner, Less From Drew Doughty

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner continues to
have a target on his back due to poor play.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Eleven games into the 2011-12 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings have a 6-3-2 record, placing them second in the Pacific Division, and fourth in the Western Conference, through games played on November 3.

In other words, although things could be better, especially in the attacking zone, there are a lot of positives for the Kings at this point in the season.

“I feel good about the start of the year, very good, actually,” said head coach Terry Murray. “When I take into consideration how the schedule was for us, through the week before we went to Europe, it was very busy. [We played five games in seven nights], then, we go overseas, we had a couple of games over there, and then make the adjustment to come back to the East Coast. That was demanding in itself. That was a big test, and I was very, very concerned about it during the off-season, looking at that part of the schedule.” Read more of this post

2011 LA Kings Training Camp: Scott Parse May Be Playing Himself Out Of A Job

LA Kings right wing Scott Parse, shown here during a drill at the
Kings’ 2011 Training Camp, held at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California, on September 26, 2011.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With left wing Dustin Penner looking strong and fit, with center Anze Kopitar and right wing Justin Williams experiencing no difficulties coming off late-season injuries, and with little concern about chemistry developing between forwards Dustin Brown, Simon Gagne and Mike Richards, the microscope has now focused on the Los Angeles Kings’ third and fourth lines during their 2011 Training Camp, which is entering its twelfth day on the ice. Read more of this post

LA Kings 2011 Training Camp: Time To Start Thinking About The Stanley Cup

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day Four of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011 Training Camp came and went with nothing new in the Drew Doughty Saga, as the 21-year-old defenseman continues to be a contract holdout, with no end to the standoff in sight.

LA Kings center Jarret Stoll (left), shown here during a drill at
the Kings’ 2011 Training Camp.
Photo: David Sheehan

What was new at training camp was preparations for the team’s first pre-season games—split-squad affairs on Wednesday, September 21, at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, and at Staples Center in Los Angeles, both games against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Forward Scott Parse will play on a line with Kyle Clifford on left wing and Jarret Stoll at center in the game at Staples Center, and head coach Terry Murray will be watching him with great interest since Parse missed virtually all of last year due to a hip injury that required surgery. Read more of this post

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