GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 (second from left) of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by Mikkel Boedker #89, Lauri Korpikoski #28, Antoine Vermette #50 and Zbynek Michalek #4 after Ekman-Larsson scored a first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
I think the thing about him, No. 1, he's a competitive guy. We have no issues as far as him fitting in here with this group. No question he's going to be hungry. I think whenever you look at your back end, it's a mix-type thing, and I think [there are] things he can bring to us. He's very mobile, and even though he's not big (6 feet, 201 pounds), he certainly competes. He's a smart player.
— Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on Andrej Sekera, after making a trade with the Hurricanes for the defenseman on Wednesday