The Kings acquired right wing Steve Quailer from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Robert Czarnik in a minor trade on Thursday. Quailer will report to AHL-Manchester.
Quailer, 24, is a “winger with size,” as noted by assistant general manager Rob Blake, who also indicated that Czarnik had not been receiving ample playing time in Manchester. A native of Arvada, Colorado, the second-year pro stands 6-foot-4, weighs 209 pounds, and has five points (1-4=5) in 12 games with AHL-Hamilton after recording 10 points (6-4=10) in 64 American Hockey League games last season. The former Northeastern Husky was selected in the third round, 86th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Czarnik, 24, has been unable to build on a promising 2011-12 rookie AHL campaign, when he recorded 23 points (8-15=23) in his first 49 pro games. Selected in the third round, 63rd overall, in 2008, the two-way forward split time with the University of Michigan and the Plymouth Whalers, totaling 77 points (33-44=77) in 61 games with the latter in 2010-11. He has five points (1-4=5) in 29 games this season.
Both players will become restricted free agents at the conclusion of the season.