Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carter gets wish, reunited with Richards

Jeff Carter would never be and will never have become part of the Columbus Blue Jackets turn towards respectability, as much for the franchise's total inability to find success as much as for Carter's own dislike of the situation following the trade last Summer from Philadelphia for Jake Voracek and the pick which became Sean Couturier.

On Thursday night, the Kings pulled the trigger on a deal which sent defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick either 2012 or 2013 to the LA in exchange for the 27-year-old scorer, who was languishing in his first pro year away from the club which drafted him in 2003.

“Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league. He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age he is entering the prime of his career. We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing,” said Kings GM Dean Lombardi shortly after the deal was struck. “We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

Thus, exactly eight months to the day both men were liberated from Dry Island and shipped their separate ways, a reunion will take place in the shadow of Hollywood.

The sum total of Carter's production in Ohio's capital is 15 goals -- including two hat tricks -- and 25 points in 39 games.

Carter brings 500 games of NHL experience and 196 goals to a Kings team which has totaled a league-low 129 goals.

Both Carter and Richards bring to Southern California a two-man wrecking crew not seen since the Glimmer Twins were in their prime.

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