Jeff Carter Traded To Kings

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013. If the Kings don’t make the playoffs, the pick is for 2013. If the Kings make the playoffs, the Blue Jackets can have the pick they desire.

Carter will now be reunited with forward Mike Richards, who was traded by the Flyers to the Kings last June.

During his young career, Johnson, a 25-year-old defencemen, has eight goals and 16 assists this season. In 343 NHL games, Johnson has 30 goals, 94 assists and 256 penalty minutes.

This is only the beginning of what could be a crazy NHL Trade Deadline.

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Kovalchuk traded to New Jersey Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk has finally been traded. The Atlanta Thrashers have traded Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils on February 4, 2010. The Devils made the trade to acquire some additional offence, Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello pulled the triggered and acquired one of the NHL’s top scorers.

In order to acquire Kovalchuk, the Thrashers traded rookie Niclas Bergfors, defenseman Johnny Oduya, prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick in this year’s draft. In addition to Kovalchuk, the Devils acquired Annsi Salmela.

This is a great move for the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have had trouble scoring as a late and Kovalchuk will help that area of need.  He recorded two assists in his debut for the Devils in a 4-3 win of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kovalchuk had 31 goals and 27 assists in 49 games for the Thrashers. He missed six games this season due to a broken bone in his foot.  28-year-old Oduya had two goals and two assists in 40 games this season. He will play for Sweden in the Olympics.

Hopefully this move works well for both sides. The Thrashers needed young core players to build around and the Devils needed a top scorer. Each team has a way of evaluating if this trade was successful, but the Devils playing long into the postseason would be key for them with the help of Kovalchuk.

Patrick Kane-Player Profile

  • Full Name: Patrick Kane
  • Date of Birth: November 19th 1988
  • Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Draft Year: 2007
  • Drafted By: Chicago Blackhawks
  • Patrick Kane was drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Kane is a goal scoring forward and along with fellow young forward Jonathan Toews has helped rejuvenate the stagnant Chicago franchise lifting them into the playoffs in 2009 for the first time since 2002, and advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1996.

    2009/10 Season

    Patrick Kane has been under scrutiny due to photos of him and his teammates partying shirtless while on their 16-day roadtrip. The photos showed Kane and teammates Kris Versteeg and John Madden partying with women and drinking alcohol after a night of losing a game to the Vancounver Canucks. This brings into question how disciplined these players really are.

    This is not Kane’s first issue while being an NHL player. Before the season started, Kane was arrested in the summer of 2009 in his hometown of Buffalo,NY for an incident with a taxi cab driver. Kane allegedly punched the cab driver and took $15 in fare they had given him after he said he didn’t have 20 cents in change, a police report says.
    Although Kane had been involved with bad news during the season, he has had some good news as well. The Blackhawks signed Kane to a 5 year, 31.5 million dollar extension December 3rd, 2009. This extension will help keep the young core of the Blackhawks together for years.

    Kane has managed to stay at the top of the scoring categories in the NHL along with his teammate Jonathan Toews. Due to his success, Kane will play for the United States Hockey team in the Winter Olympics that start February 12th, 2010.

    The Blackhawks are battling for the top spot in the Western Conference and should make the playoffs this season. If they advance, it could set up a great matchup if they play the first place San Jose Sharks.

    2008/09 Season

    Patrick Kane finished this season with 25 goals and 45 assists, 70 points total. While managing to score almost a point a game, Kane had a -2 while on the ice for the 80 games that he played this season.

    Kane was still adjusting to life as an NHL player as the 2008-2009 season was only Kane’s second season in the NHL. Kane did build off of his success as a rookie scoring 25 goals in 2008-2009 season which is four more than his rookie season in the 2007-2008 season.