The Los Angeles Kings needed to get one of them. Jeff Carter or Rick Nash. GM Dean Lombardi didn't have a choice. Following another one-goal effort, the latest on Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, the offensively deprived Kings dropped dangerously close to a spot outside the top eight in the Western Conference. Too close, apparently, for Lombardi.
On Thursday night, he swallowed hard and gave up the talented but enigmatic D Jack Johnson along with a conditional first-round pick for Carter, pending a physical. Mike Richards and Carter are reunited in ... let's call it Philadelphia West.
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