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Newly-Acquired Defenseman Andrej Sekera Sounds Like He’ll Fit Right In With LA Kings

AUDIO: Listen to newly-acquired Los Angeles Kings defenseman Andrej Sekera’s first interview with the local media.


Newly-acquired LA Kings
defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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LOS ANGELES — For veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera, if being traded wasn’t enough, due to weather conditions, he had to endure flight delays getting out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sekera managed to make it to Los Angeles on February 26, only later than either he, or his new team, the Los Angeles Kings, had originally planned.

After undergoing hours of physical examinations, Sekera finally met with the media after the first period of his new team’s game against the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center in Los Angeles that evening.

Sekera, who did not play in the game, said that he got a phone call at home, notifying him of the trade.

“I had a day off, so I was sitting on my couch, watching TV, and I got a phone call that I was traded,” he said. “I was happy, going to a great organization, a club that has had success in the last couple of years, and belongs [in] the top of the league.”

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Sekera Trade: Players “Made Me Start Working, To Go Out And Get’em Some Help”

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi discussing the Andrej Sekera trade on February 25.


Newly-acquired LA Kings
defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Even before the Los Angeles Kings lost defenseman Slava Voynov to his indefinite suspension, resulting from him being charged with domestic violence against his wife, it was no secret that they were looking for help on their blue line to fill the void left by big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman Willie Mitchell, who they could not fit under the salary cap last summer.

With both players out of their lineup, the Kings struggled, especially in their own end. That continued until their current eight-game winning streak, prompting President/General Manager Dean Lombardi to acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25, in exchange for defenseman prospect Roland McKeown and a conditional first round pick.

As first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the conditions for the first round pick are: if the Kings make the playoffs, the pick will be in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. If not, the pick will be in the 2016 draft.

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