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Reports: Jeff Carter to Kings talk heats up

Feb 23, 2012, 6:45 PM EST

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The running joke is that the Los Angeles Kings are basically Philadelphia Flyers West, with guys like Mike Richards and Simon Gagne on their roster and deep connections in their front office. That might not even be much of a joke much longer, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Columbus beat writer Aaron Portzline report that the team is in serious talks of landing Richards’ buddy Jeff Carter.

LA Kings’ Insider Rich Hammond reports that if the trade goes down, Carter could play for Los Angeles as soon as Saturday if he passes a physical.

As discussed earlier, the Kings face a tough battle to hold onto the eighth playoff spot in the West. Their most glaring flaw is their inability to find the back of the net, which just so happens to be Carter’s biggest strength.

He’s also significantly cheaper than the Blue Jackets’ other trade target, Rick Nash. That certainly factors into the Kings’ situation because a) they’d rather not gut their entire roster in the middle of a playoff run and b) Jonathan Quick‘s contract expires soon, so they’ll need some room to give him a significant raise.

McKenzie reports that Jack Johnson might be part of the deal, but word is mixed on whether big-time trade target/backup goalie Jonathan Bernier might be involved. Stay tuned.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    if Columbus gets Jack Johnson, Bernier, whatever….I would say they ended up winning the trade from the get go and was worth the embarrassment.

    HAHA.

    doubt it happens

  2. ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Bernier does make a lot of sense for Columbus.

  3. bensawesomeness - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Anybody else just feel awful for anybody who gets traded to Columbus? Like you’re on a team who’s making a serious run for the playoffs, or a Cup, and you get traded to Columbus, and you probably got traded for one of their best players.

    Sounds like a bad situation to get traded to

  4. sknut - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I doubt they will get both but one or another. Columbus has to ask if its easier to find a d-man or a goalie. Unless they get one in this trade and another in another potential Nash trade. Good fit for the Kings though.

  5. bcisleman - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Since some like to talk about “weird” things the Islanders do, here’s one. In 2009, they signed this guy named Matt Moulson. At the time, it seemed that no one but me was paying attention.

    I was assured by an LAK beat writer that Dean Lombardi had given Matt every chance to succeed at the NHL level and he’d shown Dean nothing.

    Since then, Matt has gone on to score enough goals to have been 2nd, 1st, and again this year 1st on the LAK.

    Since then, in order to make up for all the goals Matt is NOT scoring for the Kings, Lombardi has given up the NHL’s best prospect, a second round pick and, if reports are true, a first rounder, a good offensive defenseman, and maybe even a quality goalie for two players who currently make 3.5X what Matt does and have 4 more goals than he does between them.

    Yeah, those islanders…they are weird alright.

    • bcisleman - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Oh, I forgot. Wayne Simmonds was part of the Richards deal. He also has more goals than anyone on LA…5 more, in fact. Yeah, Dean’s a genius.

    • James O'Brien - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      For the record, weird doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Just saying.

  6. kingjoe1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    If Jack Johnson leaves LA and goes to Columbus, i hope the jackets flip him to the Flyers for JVR.

    • phillyphever - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Not happening. We’re done dealing (and that includes overrated Nash).

  7. taytay099 - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Deal is done. Jack Johnson and a first round pick for Jeff Carter.

  8. jagrbomb18 - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Hhaha I was gonna call this trade…I might of on another post….kings needed a goal scorer and they….got a guy who will shoot 350 times and score 35 times…

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