Earlier today we mentioned the Los Angeles Kings had not made much news during the off-season and when there was news, it was focused around the defense. Making us a liar the Kings made a little news today and none of it had anything to do with defense. Thanks for that.
First it was mentioned on Twitter that the there was a trade coming, and the Twittersphere went nuts with people speculating who was leaving and who was coming in return. But in the end, it was Daniel Carcillo coming to Los Angeles and a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft was sent to Chicago.
Before fans could really absorb what went down and who was coming to Los Angeles in the trade, it was announced the that the Anaheim Ducks had agreed to a one-year contract with Dustin Penner.
A quick little one-two punch of news for Kings fans, here is a quick run down.
Carcillo is rejoining his former Philadelphia Flyers teammates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter who he went to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals with. Carcillo brings a ton of grit to the Kings, but his presence could also mean things aren’t going too well on the Jordan Nolan contract front.
For Penner, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that he would not be returning to the Kings next season. They simply didn’t have the money to bring him back. Going to Anaheim stings a little but he loves Southern California and it is kind of obvious he wants to do everything he can to stay here. Come back for more on how things unfolded with Penner tomorrow.