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Trade: Kings get defenseman Ellerby from Florida

Feb 8, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Los Angeles has added some depth to its banged-up blue line, acquiring defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers for the fifth-round draft pick the Kings got from New Jersey for Andrei Loktionov.

Ellerby, 24, has no points in nine games this season while logging an average of 15:11. The 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft has 17 points (2G, 15A) in 125 career games.

Ellerby — a pending restricted free agent on a one-year $700,000 contract — is expected to join his new team in Nashville, where it lost 3-0 to the Predators last night.

The trade shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been working the phones in search of blue-line help. His team is currently without the services of Willie Mitchell (knee) and Matt Greene (back).

“Right now we have to operate on the premise Willie and Greener are done for the year,” Lombardi told Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times.

“If [Mitchell] comes back it’s a tremendous bonus. If not, we can’t continue to rely on that. We’ve got to get in that mindset.”

Related:

‘No structural damage, no setback’ for Mitchell

Greene out until at least late March

  1. qauzaq - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I like this trade. We need help.

  2. z561 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Good physical tools, bit of an underacheiver. A decent passer and skater but offers zero offense. Wont be missed much here in FLA, but a good value for LA for only a 5th considering their injuries.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    So essentially the Kings traded Loktionov for Ellerby. Not a bad pickup. Ellerby is a young, cheap underachiever that could turn into a solid #4 or #5 dman with this change of scenery.

  4. letsgopens8771 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Good move by LA. Especially with the value of a d-man skyrocketing in today’s NHL, this is a smart move. The big questions remain, “Can he be consistent?” and “Where does he fit in?” I could see him playing alongside either Voynov or Martinez, but what happens when Greene comes back form injury?

  5. sonofsuzycreamcheese - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Greene is strictly defense, so hopefully Ellerby will bring that to our blue line.

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