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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Mattias Norstrom, right wing Konstantin Pushkarev, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

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"Like with most trades, this was a very difficult decision to make. Matty has been a tremendous player for this club for a number of a years and he has been a very respected captain as well. The ability, however, to get two high draft picks will be of great benefit for our organization as we move forward and help build our reserve list and team."

Modry, 36, has played in 57 games with the Stars this season, recording 10 points (1-9=10) and 32 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 220-pound native of Ceske-Budejovice, Czech Republic, played for the Kings from the 1995-96 season through the 2003-04 season and was an All-Star in 2002 when the Game was played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Modry has recorded 233 points (48-185=233) and 438 penalty minutes over 626 regular season NHL games with the Kings, Dallas, Atlanta, Ottawa and New Jersey. He has also played in 19 career NHL playoff games and has three points (1-2=3) and six penalty minutes.

During the 2005-06 season, Modry's lone season with Atlanta, he led the team in assists (31) and points (38) among defensemen. In 2003-04 with the Kings, he led the club in plus-minus (plus-11) and average ice time (24:23). In 2002-03, he was fourth in the NHL in total shots among defensemen (205), while in 2001-02 he led all Kings defensemen with a career-high 38 assists and 42 points. In 2000-01, Modry named the Kings' "Unsung Hero" in a vote by his teammates.

Modry was originally selected by New Jersey in the ninth-round (179th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Fransson, 22, has appeared in six games this season with Assat Pori of the FNL, registering one point (an assist) and two penalty minutes. From 2002-06, he played 140 games with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League, registering 21 points (7-14-=21) and 132 penalty minutes.

Fransson was drafted in the second-round (34th overall) by the Stars in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Kalix, Sweden, is 6-1, 183 pounder in 2005-06 appeared in 50 games with Lulea and recorded eight points (3-5=8) and 74 penalty minutes. He also played for Sweden at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championship.

Norstrom, 35, has played in 62 games with the Kings this season, recording nine points (2-7=9) and 40 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 210-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, is the Kings' all-time leader in games played among defenseman (780) and he is fourth overall in games played in franchise history. He was also the 12th captain in club history and had worn the "C" for the Kings since the 2001-02 season.

Norstrom has played in 823 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and the New York Rangers, and has 149 points (16-133=149) and 613 penalty minutes. Acquired by the Kings from the Rangers on March 14, 1996, with Ian Laperriere, Ray Ferraro, Nathan LaFayette and a fourth-round draft choice (Sean Blanchard) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla, Norstrom was originally selected by the Rangers in the second-round (48th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Pushkarev, 22, has played in 16 games with the Kings this season, recording four points (2-2=4) and eight penalty minutes. He also has played in 35 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League this season, recording 15 points (4-11=15) and 29 penalty minutes. Most recently assigned by the Kings to the Monarchs on February 17, Pushkarvev, a 6-0, 180-pound native of Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, has played in 17 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings, and has five points (2-3=5) and eight penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Kings in the second-round (44th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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