Jeff Carter Trade: LA Kings Acquire Columbus Center For Jack Johnson, Draft Pick

The rumored trade between the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Bluejackets is reportedly close to becoming official, pending physicals on Friday morning. The trade, which was rumored to be close on Thursday afternoon, will reportedly send Jeff Carter to the Kings in exchange for Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick.

The news comes from Bob McKenzie, as well as numerous other NHL reporters.

Again, it's quite the bounty to give up for Carter and the move seems to have been made somewhat out of urgency. Los Angeles needed a scorer, and was willing to give up quite a bit to acquire Carter, who had been rumored to be on the market as the trade deadline approached.

You can get team-by-team coverage of the 2012 NHL trade deadline from around our network of hockey blogs. For more on the news, rumors and speculation surrounding the trade deadline, subscribe to our StoryStream.

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