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Kings acquire Halpern, Modin in separate trades @NHL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran center Jeff Halpern and forward Fredrik Modin to help their push toward their first playoff spot since 2002.

Halpern was acquired Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade for center Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft.

The Kings got Modin from Columbus for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Halpern spent his first six NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, becoming captain before stops in Dallas and Tampa Bay. He has 17 points in 55 games with the Lightning.

Purcell had six points in 41 games as a seldom-used forward in Los Angeles.

Modin has just six points with the Blue Jackets after starting the season with an injury, but the veteran Swede has valuable playoff experience, winning a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.

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