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The Los Angeles Kings announced tonight that they have acquired center Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round draft pick.
If the Kings make the playoff this year, the Blue Jackets will receive the pick in 2012; otherwise, it will be in 2013.
According to TSN, the deal is conditional on Carter passing a physical — which is said to be a formality, as both clubs have already announced the deal in separate press releases.
Los Angeles’ Perspective
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi — whose job may be on the line if his club doesn’t make the playoffs — has been desperately looking to acquire a goal-scoring forward to bolster his club’s offense appears to have settled on the former Philadelphia Flyer.
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.
Carter — who is in the first year of an 11-year, $58 million contract — says he’s excited to join former Flyers teammate Mike Richards in Los Angeles.
I am obviously excited. 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.
Carter has 15 goals and 10 assists in 39 games with the Blue Jackets this season.
Meanwhile, Lombardi’s counterpart in Columbus Scott Howson said in a press release that he is thrilled with picking up Johnson — even though he gave up Jakub Voracek, a first-round draft pick and third-round draft pick to pick up Carter in the first place.
Jack is a talented young defenseman who will strengthen our defense corps and we are very excited to add him to our organization. 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.
The Blue Jackets find themselves in rebuild mode after a disastrous season, so their ammo with this trade was to get younger. Howson said that this is an important step in that process.
Johnson is in the first year of a seven-year, $30.5 million contract. In 61 games this season, Johnson has scored eight goals and added 16 assists for 24 points.
The 25-year-old blueliner told SportsNet that he had a feeling he would be moved and says he’s excited about the opportunities awaiting him in Columbus where he will be a key member of their blueline.
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Player Statistics: Los Angeles Kings
Player Statistics: Columbus Blue Jackets
Los Angeles Kings
- Jeff Carter has a cap hit of USD 5,272,727.00 through the 2021-22 season when he becomes a UFA.
Columbus Blue Jackets
- Jack Johnson has a cap hit of USD 4,357,143.00 through the 2017-18 season when he becomes a UFA.
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