Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will officially be reunited in Los Angeles. Today the Kings traded Jack Johnson and a first round draft pick to Columbus for Carter, Richards’ former teammate in Philadelphia before they were both traded this past off season. They were sent to other teams because they were believed to be partying too much off the ice.
This trade was a fantastic move by the Kings who were desperate to make a change to their roster. Although Richards and Carter weren’t always on the ice together, they know each others’ style of play — something that will benefit the Kings since their team chemistry has been lacking.
Although Johnson has been a fan favorite for quite some time in Los Angeles, he wasn’t delivering for the Kings this season. In February, he had zero goals and three assists, giving him a -4 rating. Throughout the 2011-2012 season he’s only had eight goals. Jeff Carter’s had five goals and three assists this month alone, with a total of 15 goals and 10 assists under his belt this season.
So the Kings basically traded Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jack Johnson, and a first and second round draft pick for Richards and Carter. But hey, bringing these two back together will hopefully reignite a spark Los Angeles has been missing.