Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Jeff Carter from Los Angeles Kings for conditional draft picks

Apr 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates with defenseman Drew Doughty (8) his goal scored against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins added playoff experience by acquiring forward Jeff Carter from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. In exchange, the Penguins will receive conditional draft picks in 2022 (third-round) and 2023 (fourth-round).

Carter was in his 10th season with the Kings, recording 194 goals and 189 assists in 580 games. He helped Los Angeles earn a pair of championships, scoring eight playoff goals en route to winning the 2012 Stanley Cup and totaling 10 goals and 15 assists during the run to the 2014 Cup.

This season, the 6-foot-3, 219-pound forward has scored eight goals and 11 assists in 40 games.

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Before joining the Kings, Carter spent six seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers (2005-11) and two with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2011-12). He is a two-time NHL All-Star (2009, 2017) and has totaled 390 goals — 113 power-play, 18 short-handed and 83 game-winners — and 361 assists for 751 points in 1,080 games over his 16-year career.

In 120 career playoff games with the Kings (73) and Flyers (47), Carter has amassed 39 goals, 35 assists and 74 points.

Carter’s best season came in 2008-09 with the Flyers when he recorded career highs in goals (46), assists (38) and points (84) in 82 games. He topped the NHL in game-winning goals during the 2008-09 (12) and ’12-13 (8) seasons.

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