The newest King, defenseman Andrej Sekera, will be wearing No. 7.
The last Kings player to wear No. 7 was defenseman Rob Scuderi, who is now in Pittsburgh. And one of Scuderi’s nicknames happens to be “The Piece.”
Perhaps Sekera will be the final piece for the Kings this season. He arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday and went through the necessary medical exams, according to Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings acquired Sekera on Wednesday from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional first-round draft pick and a prospect.
Sekera’s Kings debut could be on Friday night against the Ducks in Anaheim, but one thing is clear, he will be living with his Slovak countryman Marian Gaborik, at least at the start.
Gaborik, who was a trade-deadline acquisition himself last year, praised the move.
“I know him over the years and we played together at international level, skated together during summer sometimes,” Gaborik said after Thursday’s morning skate. “It’s a big addition for us, for sure. He can help us a lot.
“He’s very smart player, good defensively, offensively, fast, good hands He’s very excited to be here and he’s going to help us.”
Sekera has played in eight playoff games in his career, dating back to his days in Buffalo (2007-13), and the last ones were in the 2010-11 season. In addition to knowing Gaborik, he played with Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr in Buffalo.
“He’s a very solid player,” Regehr said. “When I played with him in Buffalo, we were paired up at a time where I was playing the left side and he was playing the right.
“He can play both sides of the ice, which as a D-man, is a nice option to have, a guy like Alec Martinez who can go back and forth.”