Tuesday will mark four years since Kings general manager Dean Lombardi acquired Jeff Carter in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick.
“I am obviously excited,” Carter said the day of the trade. “I looked at the Kings at the start of  as being a club in a good position to win. I look forward to coming to L.A. and being a part of it all.”
Oh, and has he ever been a part of it all.
It’s been a beautiful fit for Carter in Los Angeles since, the lanky, offensively-gifted forward racking up 194 points (101G, 93A) in 270 regular season games in a Kings uniform. He’s played a major role in bringing two Stanley Cup championships to the franchise as well, scoring 51 points (24G, 27A) in 64 postseason games with the Kings.
With the NHL’s trade-deadline looming just over a week away on Monday, February 29, ESPN’s Senior Writer Scott Burnside listed what he sees as the Top 5 trades to take place in the NHL over the course of the last five seasons.
“Let's discuss how the former Flyers sniper got to Columbus in the first place another time (hint: it's not a red-letter moment for Columbus) but credit Kings general manager Dean Lombardi for identifying that Carter was not a good fit in one marketplace and finding a way to bring him into the Kings' fold. Carter has been a key component to the Kings' two Stanley Cup runs, collecting 25 points during the 2014 Cup run after scoring eight goals in the 2012 postseason -- tied for most in the league. His work with young players such as Tyler Toffoli cannot be understated in helping the Kings remain a perennial Cup contender. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.”
Read Burnside’s Top 5 Trades of The Past 5 Seasons HERE