The Los Angeles Kings needed a goal scorer. The Columbus Blue Jackets simply needed a redo.

Both teams met their needs Thursday night by pulling off a major trade that sent forward Jeff Carter from Columbus to the Los Angeles Kings for defenceman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013.

If the Kings miss the playoffs this year, the Blue Jackets will get their first-round draft pick in 2013. If Los Angeles makes the playoffs, Columbus can choose either 2012 or 2013 for the pick.

Carter, 27, is expected to supply offence for the goal-starved Kings, who have scored just 129 times this season and started Thursday night in eighth place in the Western Conference.

“Even in the summer, I always felt we were a top forward away,” Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said. “Now, that said, I certainly didn’t think we were (going to be) 30th in the league in scoring.”



    it only took 3/4 of a season for the BlueJacket to get tired of carters effort and attitude but in Montreal we(coaches) still believe that Gomez can pull it off?

  2. thisgamewelose says:

    I think it's a little harder to get offers for Gomez. 

  3. albertateams says:

    I like the deal for Columbus. Johnson is a young solid offensive dman and a 1st this year or next is nice for a player that clearly didn't want to be there. The only down side for this deal for the CBJ is if Johnson really doesn't want to be there and does something similar as Carter. That could be a disaster for the franchise.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Except Gomez has no value while Carter is a player that most teams would like, inuding Toronto and Montreal.

    What about Subban? guys not better.

  5. KingCanada says:

    Everyone is saying that Colombus won the deal… But my guess is that Carter will rejuvenate his career in LA and will get back to his 30+ goal scorer form.

    Cant really blame the guy for being p!ssed off!!  Signs a long term deal to STAY in Phily, only to be traded before the deal even kicks in.  Then the fact that hes traded to a shitty small town expansion team that is now obviously in LAST place.  The ONLY upside is to play with Rick Nash…and that experiment failed…  Doesnt get much worse than that..

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    Subban has accomplished more in Montreal than Gomez has.  Subban has upside where Gomez has no use but to go to Hamilton. 

  7. HABSSTAR says:

    I don't think anyone still believes that Gomez can pull anything off.  It's just our GM and many fans don't want to pull the trigger on sending the guy down to rot in Hamilton because "then FA's will never come to Montreal"… well I don't want anyone in Montreal who'd get all pouty lipped over Gomez getting demoted.  ***** him, ***** the Goat, ***** those who think that and ***** any UFA who'd be afraid of suffering the same fate as Gomez.  Balless wonders!

  8. Steven_Leafs says:

    problem is if Montreal sends him down to the minors the player they call up will get more goals than Gomez and make their pick worse! lol.

  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    Subban needs to stop being a little *****, he fought with another teammate recently. I don't mind 2 guys spontaneously getting mad and showing emotion but Subban is just pissing people off and causing conflict and tension that doesn't need to be there. It is a shame, I like his game and want to like him but he is was too much of a, well, little *****. lol

  10. Steven_Leafs says:

    Columbus won the deal from the perspective that Carter is not playing well this year with the Jackets, LA definitely won the deal IMO, they give up very little for a (up to this year) consistent 30 goal scorer.

  11. HABSSTAR says:

    You can mitigate that problem by calling up a 2nd back up goalie.  He probably won't outscore Gomez…probably.

  12. HABSSTAR says:

    No doubt he's being a d!ck, not sure how much of one but it's safe to say he's being some degree of one.  

    But I don't care.  This f'n team blows rotten donkey wang, I want to see some emotion somewhere, and since it's not during most games it might as well be in practice. lol

  13. Steven_Leafs says:

    yes he will, come on now, get your head out of your @$$. lol jk 😀

  14. KingCanada says:

    Agreed.  The deal obviously has a level of risk in it for LA considering the length of contract (expires 2022) but at least they know him and Richards have chemistry and the annual cap hit isnt that much for a annual 30-40 goal scorer if he rebounds.

    Loosing Johnson hurts to an extent but young playoff teams dont generally need their 1st round picks.  And maybe LA replaces Johnson in the off-season with Ryan Suter or something along those lines. 

    Pretty ez sell to alot of guys to come live in Los Angeles and play for a playoff caliber team.  Ive visited once..they call it the city of angels for a reason 😉

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