DALLAS, TX - APRIL 21: Valeri Nichushkin #43 of the Dallas Stars handles the puck against Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on April 21, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via 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