Kings trade

As mentioned below, the Kings will begin their season next month with no immediate pressure to do well. They aren't really expected to make the playoffs, and should be resigned to the fact that for the first time there is a hockey powerhouse in SoCal — and it isn't them. (A sports Grand Jury should be convened to investigate that embarrassing fact, but that's a different story.) So the new regime at Staples Center can begin strategizing how to knock off the Ducks some year in the future. They began that new era today by trading a couple of veterans, Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason, to the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes for Jack Johnson, the third player taken in the 2005 draft. He will play this season for the University of Michigan but is regarded as one of the top defense prospects in the game. The Kings also got a journeyman defenseman and former Duck, Oleg Tverdosky.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that he couldn't pass up the chance to get a blue chip prospect like Johnson, even at the cost of Gleason, who is still developing and might turn into a stud on defense himself for the defending champs. In the coverage in Canada, Johnson is the lede. Prominent columnist Bob McKenzie just posted a lengthy piece saying that the deal makes sense for both teams.

September 29, 2006 2:38 PM • Native Intelligence • Email the editor

© 2003-2014   •  About LA Observed  •  Contact the editor
LA Biz Observed
2:07 PM Sat | The funeral for Mark Lacter will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12 noon at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. Reception to follow.
Native Intelligence
Jon Christensen | Los Angeles is like an aging intellectual hipster whose love of the ineffable fragmentary nature of the decentered urban experience has gotten old.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.
Iris Schneider | The Japanese photographer's work is on view at the Getty.
Bill Boyarsky
“Homelessness is a problem that involves thousands of people and requires a massive response but at the end of the day it’s really about one person at a time,“ said Miguel Santana, Los Angeles’ city administrative officer.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
When the drive includes this stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, emphasis on 'coast', even the dreaded Home Deport shopping...