The Los Angeles Kings have just completed a deadline-day deal, seeing Jeff Carter go to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for two conditional picks in the 2022 and 2023 NHL entry drafts. This deal sees an absolute legend with the Kings organization end his 10-year tenure with the team go to the Penguins, let us see just what they are getting.
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Jeff Carter has put up a career some would envy, being a strong leader of men who wore an ‘A’ with the Kings as well as putting up a career total of 751 points over 16 seasons. Carter is a strong play-making center, who can use his frame to push players off the dot while taking a face-off. Carter has a veteran presence contributing to an already aging Penguins roster, however, this veteran still has some fight to him as this season he has put up 19 points from the second line of the Kings. It is safe to say that Pittsburgh got a bargain with this trade.
It is possible that the Los Angeles Kings organization will end up having nothing to show for losing Jeff Carter, as with the two conditional picks, it is possible the Penguins organization will be able to reclaim them when it is closer to the draft. The Kings, however, have now made room to bring in a young center to the team, with the possibility of draft acquisition Quinton Byfield being called up from the AHL to play with the team. As well, with the relatively high contract of Carter being offloaded, the Kings organization will be able to sign some young talent to contracts, as the organization only holds a small retainer of the fee.
The Kings are in seventh place in the West Division standings. With the two conditional picks, they receive in the Jeff Carter trade they need to begin to rebuild the roster to get back to where they want to be as an organization.
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