“If you were to pick a spot to go in the league, this one would definitely right at the top. It’s pretty hard to believe that if you’re going to get traded, you get traded to a place like this.”
On January 6, Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi acquired veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick, bostering a couple of soft spots in the team’s roster as the organization prepares for another run at the Stanley Cup.
According to Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake, adding Lecavalier was “the opportunity to get a star player who’s near the end of his career, is willing to buy-in, accept a role to help a team win.”
And so far, it’s worked to perfection.
Lecavalier, in 11 games played with the Kings since the trade, has delivered with seven points (5G, 2A), bringing along a resume that proves he knows what it takes to win in the National Hockey League, a Stanley Cup Champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
“The first time I was in the locker room and hearing what the guys were saying before the game and how prepared they were, ‘I’m like wow, this is pretty special here’, so for me to just be a part of it, helping out as much as I can, I’m pretty happy about it,” said Lecavalier.
Luke Schenn, a young defenseman who adds size and a shutdown mentality to the Kings’ blue-line, has noticed how tight-knit his new locker room is.
“The one thing I noticed here is from top to bottom is that guys who have been part of the organization, who are part of the core group of guys, just how there’s no egos, everyone’s dedicated to one thing and that’s winning.”
Don’t count on making any early summer plans, Luke.