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Keaton Ellerby Traded to Los Angeles Kings

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One night after being scratched from the Florida Panthers‘ game against the Philadelphia Flyers to make room for Erik Gudbranson, there is different news of defenseman Keaton Ellerby: he has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.

The Kings also recently swapped Andrei Loktionov with the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round selection in the 2013 draft, making a trade with the team they defeated to win the Stanley Cup last June. Actually, the Kings didn’t keep that pick too long: it’s the exact same one that they gave Florida for Ellerby.

Ellerby was drafted 10th overall by the Panthers in the 2007 draft. The Alberta native played for four seasons in the WHL and spent time with Florida’s AHL affiliate at the time, the Rochester Americans, for two full seasons and much of a third. He had a 22-game season with Florida in 2009-10 in which he had no points at all and a -1 rating, then seesawed between Rochester and Sunrise again in 2010-11, but permanently joined up with the Panthers in the 2011-12 campaign.

He had a ghastly -15 rating in 54 games played with Florida in 2010-11, even though he did put up two goals and 10 assists in that span as well. The following season, he played slightly fewer games with the Panthers, improved his rating to a -3 and notched five assists. So far in this campaign, he’s played nine game, registered no points and has a -2 rating with 36 penalty minutes.

Ellerby is expected to join the Kings for practice tomorrow because the team has today off.

Fun trivia: Ellerby is related to two other NHL players. He is first cousin of Shane Doan and second cousin of Carey Price.


Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.