EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Newly acquired defenseman Andrej Sekera wasn't able to participate in the Los Angeles Kings morning skate but he is expected to be available to make his Kings debut when they play the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center on Thursday.
Coach Darryl Sutter said they were waiting for Sekera to get medical clearance, and Sekera was not yet available to reporters. The move is seen as another shrewd pre-NHL Trade Deadline move by general manager Dean Lombardi, this time to get a skilled puck mover who can take some pressure off of defenseman Drew Doughty, who leads the NHL in average ice time (29:27).
"I think he's very mobile," Sutter said. "He's played a little bit both sides. He's familiar with some of our players. They know his character. He's a good addition."