Well this certainly didn't last long.
In return for Carter and his 11-year, $5.2 million per season contract, the Kings sent Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Johnson signed a seven-year, $4.3 million per contract last winter but has never quite lived up to the hype of being a third overall draft pick.
But Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, who has been on quite the hot seat after his team has failed to live up to the hype coming into this season, said this move isn't about addressing short-term problems.
"This isn't a rental. This isn't a classic trade-deadline deal where you are giving young players for a rental-type situation. It's a hockey deal."
So what does this do to the Stars and their hopes to sneak into the playoffs? Well, honestly, I didn't think the Kings were one player away before, and while Carter is obviously a significant upgrade, he's just one guy. It's hard to ask one player to carry an entire team who can't seem to find offense from anywhere.
Plus there are rumors that Dustin Brown is on the trade market. Brown is the Kings captain, and Stars fans all know about rumors involving trading the captain. But in Brown's case, he can't fall back on a significant injury to excuse his performance this season, and the fact that the Kings are considering moving him at all given his relatively young age and affordable salary speaks volumes.
- The Stars victory combined with some other results from around the league (more on those later) move the Stars into a tenuous grasp on the eighth and final playoff spot. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Morning News' paywalled article talks about how the Stars bucked several trends in getting a win in Chicago, including overcoming the Hawks great home record and their unblemished record when leading after two periods. [DallasNews.com]
- The Blackhawks, for their part, were trying to pay off the three deflected goals as lucky breaks for Dallas. [Chicago Tribune]
- Our friends over at Second City Hockey aren't ones to mince words, and they called the final half of the third period the worst 10 minutes the Hawks have played this season. [Second City Hockey]
- Here's a touching little story about a soldier who was touched by a gesture the Stars made for service members and flew a flag over Iraq in their honor. [DallasStars.com]
- The third quarter of the season was, well, not so good for the Stars, as the Razor boy details here. [Razor With an Edge]
- More Steve Ott trade rumors, though this is less someone hearing something from an organization and more a columnist advocating the New York Rangers go get someone. But calling Ott an "enforcer" tells me at least the headline writer probably doesn't write much hockey, and I don't think his proposed return would be enough to get me interested. [CBS New York]
- Also hearing trade rumors, though he claims to not know anything more than fans do, Adam Burish. [CSN Chicago]
- This article is mostly about the problems of the Montreal Canadiens, but I'm linking it because I get the sense Darren Elliot really, really doesn't like Mike Ribeiro. [Sports Illustrated]
- The Detroit Red Wings decided they still haven't had enough of Todd Bertuzzi, signing him to a two-year, $4 million contract extension. [Yahoo]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: In a storyline that doesn't sound familiar at all, the Minnesota Wild are trying to climb back into the playoff race in the Western Conference, and they took another step toward doing that with a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. [Minneaoplis Star-Tribune]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Our friends over at Hockey Wilderness have some interesting observations about the game, such as the Wild are pretty heavily dependent on their top line to do the scoring. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Around the Pacific Division: It was a great night to be a Pacific Division team, especially if you don't mind giving away a third point. The Anaheim Ducks continued their surge with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The San Jose Sharks didn't dominate the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they did enough for a 2-1 victory. And the Phoenix Coyotes gave up a late lead but eventually earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. [News & Observer/San Jose Mercury News/Calgary Herald]
- Other scoreboard watching: To celebrate the Bertuzzi contract extension, the Red Wings went out and lost their first home game since forever in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. To make matters worse for the Wings, Daniel Sedin tied the game with 16 seconds left. [Detroit Free Press]
- Ott is an agitator, but other than chirping about Jack Edwards, he tends to confine his irritainment (TM Razor) to on the ice. Not so for Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins, who trolled Buffalo Sabres fans during a radio interview. [Puck Daddy]
- Although they didn't make it into many game stories, there were a few quoted references to some sort of player-led speech during the second intermission. You can see Steve Ott mention it here on his post-game interview on NHL Live. I find the camera angle on him to be a little hysterical, and I haven't quite pinpointed why.