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Kings Trade Rumors 2012: Is Dustin Brown On The Block?

The Los Angeles Kings already made one big transaction before the trade deadline, acquiring Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jack Johnson and a draft pick on Thursday. But the question remains as the NHL trade deadline approaches on Monday, are the Kings done?

Dustin Brown is at the center of the rumors as someone who could be traded, and if Saturday night was his final game as a King Brown had one heck of a finale, scoring a hat trick in the Kings' 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I've been a King my whole career and I expect to be a King beyond the next few days," Brown told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. "For me personally, with all the rumors flying around, it's my responsibility to prepare myself to be the best I can. Tonight I felt good."

At 2.08 goals per game, the Kings are dead last in the NHL in scoring, so they will be on the lookout for offense. The NHL trade deadline is noon PST on Monday.

For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings Trade: Columbus Sends Jeff Carter For Jack Johnson, Draft Pick

The Los Angeles Kings acquired center Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Jack Johnson on Thursday. The deal is pending both players passing a physical, while Columbus will also get a conditional first round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013.

In Los Angeles, Carter is reunited with former Philadelphia teammate Mike Richards. The two played six seasons together with the Flyers before being dealt in separate trades over the summer.

Carter, 27, has struggled this season as he has posted just 15 goals and 10 assists over 39 games with the Blue Jackets. The 11th overall pick of the 2003 draft, Carter has totaled 196 goals and 172 assists.

Carter provides a boost to the NHL's 30th-ranked offense and comes without a massive financial hindrance in case the team wants to cut ties ($5.272 million cap hit per season).

Los Angeles general manager Jack Lombardi spoke about the trade and the value he expects to get out of Carter:

We see some things within the system that kind of allowed us to reach out to a player of this caliber, who is still a young player barely in his prime. This isn’t a rental. To me, this isn’t your classic trade-deadline deal, where you’re giving up young players for a rental type situation. This is a good young player for a good young (player). This is a hockey deal."

Johnson, who was chosen third in the 2005 draft by Carolina, has played his entire career in Los Angeles and over 343 games he has notched 30 goals and 94 assists.

For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown. For the Columbus reaction, be sure to read The Cannon and SB Nation Cleveland.

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Kings Trade Rumors 2012: Kings Among Five Teams On Rick Nash's Approved List

The Los Angeles Kings will undoubtedly try to upgrade at the NHL trade deadline, with their most likely target being offense by February 27. The headliner among offensive players available is left winger RIck Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who is on the trading block.

The number one overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft and nine-year NHL veteran has reportedly given Columbus, the only team he has ever known, a list of teams to which he would accept a trade. The Kings are believed to be among the teams for which Nash would waive his no-movement clause, per Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun:

Nucks not on Rick Nash's 'approved list', says Columbus writer Aaron Portzline. The five are: Leafs, Bruins, NYR, Sharks, Kings. #canucks

Nash has 18 goals and 21 assists in 57 games for the Blue Jackets, who have the worst record in the NHL. No King has more than 17 goals (Anze Kopitar) and the club is averaging just 2.11 goals per game, 30th among 30 NHL teams this season.

Nash is signed through the 2017-2018 season with a salary cap figure of $7.8 million.

For the Blue Jackets' point of view on a potential Rick Nash trade, be sure to read SB Nation Cleveland. For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings Trade Rumors 2012: Rick Nash Is Available

Nash has 18 goals and 21 assists in 57 games this season.

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