The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for conditional 2022 third-round and 2023 fourth-round draft picks, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
Carter, 36, is signed through the 2021-22 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $5,272,727. Los Angeles will retain 50% of Carter's salary.
Carter, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Los Angeles in 2012 and '14, has spent the last 10 seasons with the Kings and has represented the team as an alternate captain during the past six seasons. This year, Carter has tallied eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 40 games.
The two-time NHL All-Star (2009, '17) has recorded 751 career points (390G-361A), including 113 power-play goals, 18 shorthanded goals and 83 game-winning goals in 1,080 career NHL games with Los Angeles (2012-21), Columbus (2011-12) and Philadelphia (2005-11).
Since his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season, Carter's 83 game-winning goals and 390 total goals rank second and eighth (tied), respectively, among all NHL players. The four-time 30-goal scorer had his best season in 2008-09 with the Flyers when he recorded career highs in goals (46), assists (38) and points (84) in 82 games. Carter led the NHL in game-winning goals during the 2008-09 (12) and '12-13 (8) seasons.
The 6-foot-3, 219-pound forward helped the Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship with an NHL-high eight playoff goals (tied), including the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. During the Kings' run to the 2014 Stanley Cup, Carter's 10 goals and 25 points in 26 playoff games both ranked second in the league.
In 120 career playoff games split between the Kings and Flyers, Carter has accumulated 39 goals, 35 assists and 74 points.
Carter began his professional career with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League in 2005, helping the team to the Calder Cup Championship with a league-high 23 points (12G-11A) in 21 playoff games.
A native of London, ON, Carter won a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics with Sidney Crosby and Team Canada, where he had five points (3G-2A) in six games. He has also represented Canada at two World Junior Championships in 2004 (Silver Medal) and '05 (Gold Medal), as well as the 2006 World Championship.
Carter was originally drafted in the first round (11th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Hextall was the director of player personnel with the Flyers when Carter was drafted.
Prior to his professional career, Carter played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2001-05. In 236 career junior games, Carter recorded 246 points (123G-123A).