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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Denis Jr. Gauthier
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Denis Gauthier and a second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Patrik Hersley and forward Ned Lukacevic, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

Kings All-Time Trades

Gauthier ( highlights), 31, notched 18 points (3-15=18) and 80 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season. The 6-3, 224-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, also had one point (an assist) and 17 penalty minutes in 11 postseason games with the Phantoms.

Gauthier is a veteran of nine NHL seasons. He has played in 489 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames, and has 73 points (15-58=73) and 658 penalty minutes. He appeared in 43 games with the Flyers in 2006-07 and collected four points (all assists) and 45 penalty minutes while in 2005-06 he recorded 11 points (2-9=11) and 98 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Coyotes and Flames. Gauthier was originally selected by Calgary in the first round (20th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Hersley, 22, played in 42 games this past season with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL), where he recorded nine points (1-8=9) and 27 penalty minutes. Hersley also played in 20 regular season games with the Reading Royals (ECHL), where he recorded 18 points (3-15=18) and 18 penalty minutes, while also accumulating nine points (3-6=9) and 10 penalty minutes in 13 Reading playoff games. The 6-3, 205-pound native of Malmo, Sweden, was originally selected by the Kings in the fifth-round (139th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Lukacevic, 22, played in 61 games this past season with the Royals, where he recorded 36 points (17-19=36) and 52 penalty minutes. He also played in eight playoff games for Reading and recorded two points (both assists) and two penalty minutes. The 6-0, 185-pound native of Podgorica, Serbia, was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (110th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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