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Kings make trade, just not the one you were expecting

Feb 6, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings have made a deal!

But it’s not for Sam Gagner.

On Thursday, the Kings announced they acquired minor-league forward Steve Quailer from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Robert Czarnik.

Quailer, 24, was a third-round pick in 2008 that’s spent all of his pro career with AHL Hamilton. Czarnik, also 24, was also a third-round pick in 2008 that’s also spent his entire pro career in the AHL (with the Manchester Monarchs). Some real symmetry to this one.

This is all we really have on the Qualier-Czarnik swap. Apologies to anyone that got excited after reading the first three words of this headline. Hopefully we have some more exciting trade news to announce later.

Related: Report: Oilers, Kings working on Gagner trade

  1. qauzaq - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Obviously it isn’t but these small minor league trades always seem like trading just to trade haha. I don’t get them.

  2. spezzdispenser - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Dammit! Now my Quailer jersey is worthless!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      But your comment is priceless!

  3. stcrowe - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Quailer is 6″4, while Czarnik is 6’0. This is part of the Canadiens’ recent trend of trading away almost any forward over six feet tall.

    • thehabsnation - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Doesn’t matter how tall you are it matters if you can play the game. Quailer is having trouble cracking into the Bulldogs lineup, has only played 12 games, and hasn’t produced in the way the Habs thought he would so they go out and acquire a different style player in Czarnik.

    • bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Czarnik is 6’1 he was 6’0 when he was drafted several years ago so your point is untrue and montreal have made 1 trade of a player over 6’0 for a smaller player once in the last several years and that was the Cole for Ryder trade and the pick that came with it montreal drafted a guy who was bigger than Cole so even then they got the biggest player in the deal.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Hey Halford:
    Yup, people are still who; things are still what.
    Did it take you this long to learn to tie your shoes? Oh, Velcro’s. Never mind.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Things are still “that.” If you’ll notice, the majority of said usage is in reference to the person’s characteristics (ie: a third-round pick “that”) — grey area? Not sure. Currently researching.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Try this rule: If the draft pick is not a person but, say, a broken goalie stick, it is a “that”. If the pick is a person, s/he is a “who”. Named pets are also generally a “who”, but are drafted so rarely nowadays. Quite unfair really.

      • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        I’m willing to try this rule but will continue to fight for equal pet representation at the draft.

    • claysbar - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Get a friggin life

      • esracerx46 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Come on lighten up. The ensuing dialogue was quite amusing.

        As for the who/what/that argument I’d like to interject. A draft pick is both a person and an object. The player is “property”, while still maintaining his human being status. So I suppose it depends on the context of which the property/person were used.

  5. charlieconway96 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Ahhh, finally something to fix the scoring problem!

  6. nhstateline - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Czarnik hadn’t played much for the Monarchs in a while so this is hardly surprising. He’s a solid player when he does play and this is the second trade like this LA has made in about four weeks where they seem to move one guy who has been in Manchester and probably isn’t going to make it to the next level with them for someone else’s guy in the same place. Sometimes these things end up being more than they seem at the time, what’s not a fit in one place can be perfect in another.

  7. wtfkwp - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    As if it had anything to do with the OTHER potential trades still being worked on…

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