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Salvation From the East?

On Wednesday, the LA Kings traded defenseman Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey and acquired a fifth-round draft pick in return. This morning, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi announced that the fifth-rounder has been traded for Florida Panthers Keaton Ellerby.

The Kings have been looking for an answer to the gaping holes in their defensive lines. Could this be it? Ellerby is a big guy, coming in at 6 feet 5 inches and 217 pounds. He was a first-round draft pick for the Panthers in 2007 and hales from Strathmore, Alberta.

While Ellerby wore #4 in Florida, he won’t be taking over former King Rob Blake’s number. Instead, he will don a #5 on his black and white jersey. He has played nine out of 10 games this season and has already racked up 36 penalty minutes.

Salvation From the East
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 29: B.J. Crombeen #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fights Keaton Ellerby #4 of the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 29, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.
(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

No word yet on whether or not he will lace up for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Lisa Dancel

Lisa Dancel

Los Angeles Kings Contributor at Hooked On Hockey Magazine
I'm an LA girl living in the greater Orlando area. After moving from one sunny state to another, I've never lost my love of hockey. Saturdays are spent at the rink, where my twin boys take lessons. I spend my Sunday mornings singing or otherwise serving at church. By day, I'm a paralegal; by night, I'm a paralegal who goes home. If you see me around, we should share a pitcher of beer. Dark brews only, please.
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