Los Angeles Kings fans knew this would happen at some point.
A player who has given so much to the organization is moving on via trade.
We look back at what Jeff Carter did and meant for the Kings.
Carter was traded on Monday to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2022 3rd round pick and a conditional 2023 4th round pick. What came as a shock to most became reality once it hit social media. Kings fans then knew things were changing and seemed surreal that he was leaving.
Carter, a 6-3, 219 center/right-winger, did just about everything for the Kings. Not only did he provide experience, mentorship, and leadership he also provided the scoring punch the Kings needed. He was often caught talking to the younger players on the bench. Carter won 2 Stanley Cups with the Kings and played a vital part in both wins.
Carter will also be remembered for the famous “that 70’s line” with former Kings Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli.
That name came about because of their jersey numbers (Carter #77, Pearson #70, and #73 Toffoli). He was superb in teaching the young guns on that line and making them the serious scoring threats they were.
Jeff Carter was simply a very underrated hockey player. in 10 years with the Kings organization, he recorded 194 goals, 189 assists for 383 points in 580 games. He went out and played hockey the way it was supposed to be played.
Jeff Carter will be missed. From the missing hockey teeth to the Los Angeles long flowing blonde hair he was a perfect fit in Los Angeles.
We appreciate his hard work and dedication to the team and that will never be forgotten.
Best of Luck in Pittsburgh Jeff Carter, you will forever be remembered as a King.
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