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Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Hurricanes
Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Hurricanes

Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik and Andrej Sekera. So will this be the Kings' hat trick of successful deals at, or right before the trade deadline? The first two trades proved to be launching pads to the Stanley Cup championship. Close to three years to the date of the Carter deal, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi on Wednesday went all in again with Sekera, acquiring the skilled, puck-moving defenseman from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a first-round pick and a prospect, defenseman Roland McKeown. Of major import: The draft pick is lottery protected. In other words, the pick is for this year if the Kings make the playoffs. It would have been especially risky not to...

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