Los Angeles Kings winger Jeff Carter is headed to Pittsburgh.
Ahead of the trade deadline, Penguins general manager Ron Hextall is bringing in the 36-year-old forward, a player he is familiar with from his time in Los Angeles, with the two winning a Stanley Cup together in 2012.
The Penguins announced the news in the overnight hours early this morning.
TRADE ALERT : The Penguins have acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Kings in exchange for conditional 2022 third-round and 2023 fourth-round draft picks.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 12, 2021
Details: https://t.co/BKusJTPLA0 pic.twitter.com/sld5HkyYp6
Two conditional draft picks will be going back to Los Angeles, one a third round pick in 2022, and the other a fourth round pick in 2024.
According to Pierre Lebrun, the 2022 3rd round pick can become a 2nd round pick if the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final and if Carter plays in at least 50% of the games.
Some of the details in the draft picks involved in the Jeff Carter deal:— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
The 3rd round pick can become a 2nd Rd pick if the Penguins reach the Cup final and Carter plays in at least 50 percent of the games.
In 40 games this season for the Kings, Carter has racked up 8 goals and also chipped in 11 assists.
Carter is under contract for next season, with one final year remaining on his 11-year contract originally signed with the Flyers in 2010 before being traded to Columbus and then Los Angeles.
The contract brings a $5.27M cap hit, but under the terms of the trade with the Penguins, the Kings have agreed to retain 50% of Carter’s salary.
It’s unclear how quickly Carter will join the team or if he’ll be in the lineup when the Penguins square off with his original team in the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.