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Poll: Does Jeff Carter make the Kings a playoff team?

Feb 24, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal AP

Just about every pundit used the word “desperation” when describing the Los Angeles Kings’ side of the Jeff Carter-Jack Johnson+first-rounder blockbuster trade. Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s under a lot of pressure, no doubt, but does that necessarily make it a bad decision?

(Personally, I’d give the Kings the slight edge, although Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson deserves some kudos for making lemonade out of Carter’s lemons, but that’s just me.)

If nothing else, the addition of Carter’s scoring touch and knack for generating general fan distaste should make things awfully interesting in Los Angeles. Considering the presence of his buddy Mike Richards and another former teammate in Simon Gagne, Darryl Sutter could trot out an all-Philadelphia Flyers trio as his second/1b line. (Justin Williams could also fit the bill as a former Flyer in Gagne’s place, although that feels a bit like cheating.)

It’s an entertaining situation, but is it enough for the Kings to overcome some tough odds and hold onto a playoff spot? Tell us what you think by voting in the poll and sharing your illuminating comments.

  1. broadstbully33 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    alot of huge egos in la…..I don’t think its gonna work

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Old City gang is bank in action haha! Ya gotta feel sorry for JJ. And it doesn’t matter if the Kings will make the playoffs, Carter isn’t the type of player to carry a team.

  3. east96st - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    James – Poll is incomplete. You forgot to add the option –

    “Depends on whether Jeffy goes into full pout and refuses to play with the other kids in the sandbox or whether Jeffy is happy to play out of position because he’s with his BFF”.

    Sadly, with Carter, this will make all the difference.

  4. epictron1 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    L.A. is not a place for a player who is know to worry more about partying than scoring goals.

  5. hartsy19 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Could have worked, but it won’t since they traded Jack Johnson. Now LA’s too soft on the back end. Should traded a first rounder, second rounder & minor leaguer, or something along those lines.

    • hartsy19 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      Should have*

  6. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Good move for the Jackets and if I was a fan of theirs, I might wake up happy this morning.

    Carter is a poison and I don’t see how having both Richards and Carter will work (again). Even tho they both got very close to winning, their stats are down and both are showing to be huge busts as of now.

    If they (Carter and Richards) are able to get in the playoffs, Detroit or Van will win easy. Dumb move!

    Win for Columbus

  7. ikillchicken - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I honestly don’t know. My first inclination is to say that with Cater, Richards and Gagne they really should be a playoff team. Then again, I really figured them for a playoff team just with Richards and Gagne,

    • govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Sums it up perfectly for me. If they weren’t one with the roster they started the season with, I don’t know that one guy is going to make that big of a difference. I’d like them to prove me wrong, but if they’re still as lackluster as they’ve been all season, there’s not anyone in the league who could turn them around. The roster change is nice- the effort is what really needs to change.

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