The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a first-round pick and a prospect.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And once again, Kings GM Dean Lombardi pulls another rabbit out of his hat near the trade deadline. In 2012 he landed Jeff Carter and last season he got Marian Gaborik. This year, he gets the best available defenseman in the trade market in Sekera, a solid blueliner at both ends of the ice who averages over 22 minutes a game and should be a good replacement for the suspended Slava Voynov.
It’s been reported the Kings weren’t getting any assurances from the NHL over what how to address their cap issues if they acquire a player and Voynov receives an acquittal in his upcoming domestic violence trail and is reinstated. It’s believed the Kings opted to add a player and work out the Voynov situation later on. This could get interesting down the stretch if Voynov is allowed to return before the playoffs. For now, however, the Kings land a suitable replacement.
As for the Hurricanes, GM Ron Francis got exactly what he wanted. It was reported for some time he wanted a first rounder and a prospect for Sekera but there were doubters (like myself) who felt he’d have to settle on a second-round pick. Nice move by Francis, picking up a couple of potentially significant pieces to aid in his club’s rebuild.