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Kings acquire D Keaton Ellerby for pick

by Mike Kalinowski / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from Florida in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft and assigned defenseman Andrew Campbell to Manchester (AHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Ellerby, 24, has played in 125 career NHL games (all with the Panthers), recording 17 points (2-15=17) and 70 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 217-pound native of Strathmore, Alberta was drafted by the Panthers in the first-round (10th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

This season, Ellerby has appeared in nine games with the Panthers, recording zero points and 36 penalty minutes. Ellerby is expected to join the team in Nashville and his jersey number has not been determined at this time.

The fifth-round selection traded to Florida is the same fifth-round selection acquired by the Kings from New Jersey in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov on Wednesday, February 6.

Campbell, 25, was recalled by the Kings on February 6. The 6-4, 207-pound native of Caledonia, Ontario did not appear in a game.

The Kings continue their road trip with a practice on Saturday in Nashville before flying to Detroit for a game on Sunday against the Red Wings, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on NBC and KTLK AM 1150.

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