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Kings keep dealing, add Ellerby from Panthers

Friday, 02.08.2013 / 11:39 AM / News

NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings made their second trade in the past three days, trading for defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers.

The Kings used the fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft obtained from the New Jersey Devils in the trade of center Andrei Loktionov on Wednesday to obtain Ellerby on Friday.

Ellerby, 24, has been with the Panthers for four seasons. He appeared in nine games with the Panthers this season, but did not register a point, has a minus-2 ranking and 36 penalty minutes. For his career, he has made 125 NHL appearances, scoring two goals and 17 points while having a minus-21 rating.

A first-round pick (No. 10) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Ellerby was averaging a little more than 15 minutes per game. His place in the defensive rotation, however, became tenuous with the return of Erik Gudbranson to the mix. Gudbranson, 21, played more than 20 minutes in the victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round