Ducks deal O'Donnell to L.A.
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a conditional 2009 draft pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Sean O’Donnell.Anaheim drops that excess $1.25-million salary, the Kings get the veteran defender they were after and all's well in the Pacific Division.>> team release
The Ducks' back end doesn't look quite so dominating, however.
UPDATE As an aside, this move puts the Kings very close to the salary floor. Getting the rest of the way will not be a problem.
UPDATE The conditions on the deal are pretty interesting: If the Kings trade O'Donnell by the end of the season, the Ducks will receive a third-round pick. If O'Donnell simply plays the whole season in Los Angeles, Anaheim gets nothing.
This redefines Tom Benjamin's "trade for nothing" notion, now doesn't it?
UPDATE Chris Pronger is pretty sad about the whole thing.