The Kings made a major move preceeding the NHL Draft on Friday afternoon, acquiring power forward Milan Lucic
from the Boston Bruins in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones
, defensive prospect Colin Miller
, and their 13th overall selection in this past weekend’s Draft.
Lucic comes to the Kings after spending his entire eight-year NHL career in Boston, the team who drafted him 50th overall in 2006. In 662 games in a Bruins uniform, including 96 playoff gams, Lucic totaled 165 goals and 238 assists, good for 403 total points. Lucic, who’s know to be a heavy power forward, mixes in an enforcer role to go along with his knack to find a way to find the net.
Lucic has scored 20 or more goals in three seasons, including one campaign where he hit the 30-goal mark.
On October 12, 2007, in what was just his fourth career NHL game, Lucic scored his first NHL goal against the Kings at STAPLES Center.
There isn’t much history other than that between the Kings and Lucic, who have met only once or twice a season because of division and conference alignment.
There is a bit of history between he and Jordan Nolan, though.
Off to Boston goes backup goaltender Martin Jones
, who quickly became a fan favorite in Los Angeles with his incredible start once he made it up to the NHL during the 2013-’14 campaign.
What will always live on in Kings’ fans memories is Jones’ first career NHL start, when he stopped all nine of the Anaheim Ducks’ shootout attempts to lead the Kings to a 3-2 victory.
Jones then went on to win his next seven starts; his eight straight wins to begin his NHL career was one shy of the NHL record.
Jones appeared in 29 total games for the Kings over the course of his two seasons in Los Angeles, posting a 16-11-2 record with a .923 SV% and a 1.99 GAA.
Farewell, old friend.