Here’s what Kings captain Dustin Brown said today, about the trade for Jeff Carter and about his name being widely mentioned in trade reports in advance of Monday’s deadline…
BROWN: “I played against Jeff in junior. He’s a goal scorer and I think he’s definitely going to help our team in a lot of areas. He’s a big, strong, fast guy and he can shoot the puck. Guys are excited.”
Question: And what about giving up Jack?
BROWN: “I’ve played with Jack since he has come into the league, and I’ve seen him grow, year by year. He’s a good player. You’ve kind of got to give up something to get something in return. I talked to him a bit last night. He was as OK as you’re going to be when you get traded. I think he’s excited about the possibility of probably being `the guy’ in Columbus. I wish him the best of luck, and I’m sure he will be fine.”
Question: This time of year, with the deadline, does it get tense for guys?
BROWN: “It’s probably the same amount of pressure every year, I guess, depending on the team, if you’re a buyer or a seller, or maybe a little of both. It’s the same story every year. Players are going to be moved around this time, just like draft day. After you’ve been through it a few times, you understand that it’s a part of the business and you go about your business as a player, getting yourself ready to play games. Because, at the end of the day, we have two games here before the deadline that we need to win. We’re in a situation where we can’t be sitting back, wondering what’s going to happen or if someone is going to get moved. We have to worry about getting wins right now.”
Question: What about for you, with your name being out there now?
BROWN: “I can’t say you don’t think about it, but it’s more along the lines of getting here and getting on the ice and working on what I need to do to play well on Saturday. Ultimately, that’s my main focus, is being the best I can for every game. It’s the same thing every year, around this time. Your name gets thrown out there, other names get thrown out, and at the end of the day, you’ve got to get yourself ready to play. You can’t worry about stuff like that.”