I’ll have the full transcript of the Dean Lombardi conference call shortly, but here are the highlights…
— Talks with the Blue Jackets started “heating up” about a week ago.
— Lombardi said he understands that taking on Carter’s big contract is a risk, but feels it is worth it.
— Carter will have to do an extensive physical. The Kings hope he will be able to play on Saturday, but aren’t certain.
— Lombardi said that in terms of potential trades beyond this, he has “absolutely nothing” right now but said he will be open to talks.
— Lombardi said the questions about Carter’s character have been overblown.
— Slava Voynov will come up to take Jack Johnson’s spot on defense, and the Kings will send down a forward, although Lombardi did not say which one.
— Lombardi said he did not know whether the Kings were on Rick Nash’s reported “list” of teams to which he would accept a trade.