NHL Trade Deadline: Quiet Kings Get Jeff Halpern for Teddy Purcell, Draft Pick

March 3rd, 2010 by Reed Kaufman Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has not been too active leading up to Wednesday's 3 p.m. 2010 NHL trade deadline, as has been his M.O. during most trade environments.

Many speculated that the Kings were in the hunt for Ray Whitney of the Carolina Hurricanes, nicknamed "Wizard" for his offensive ability. There were some reports of offers made, but the two sides could not come to an agreement.

Same goes for the oft-mentioned Ilya Kovalchuk, who eventually found his way to New Jersey after a thousand rumors as to where he'd end up.

Again, there were reports that Lombardi made an offer or two, but it was not enough.

He did strike a deal to acquire center Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay for Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick, though, the team announced.

This just goes to show that while Lombardi is active, he isn't jumpy. Lombardi consistently states that he has no interest in trading just to trade.

The former Sharks GM always says that, no matter what, he won't make a deal if he feels it would make the team worse. The Kings are no longer sellers, as they have had some success this year, the most of many recent yea ...

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