-In addition to the Gaborik and McNabb trades, the Kings also acquired forward James Livingston from San Jose in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2016. Livingston, who will turn 24 on Sunday, has 15 points (4-11=15) and a minus-5 rating in 53 games with the Worcester Sharks and will now join a divisional rival in reporting to AHL-Manchester. He is a defensively responsible checking forward that will provide an option for the Monarchs, who lost Nic Deslauriers to the Buffalo Sabres.
From Hockey’s Future:
James Livingston is a good defensive forward at the professional level. He is usually well positioned and plays his defensive assignments with a fair degree of defensive reliability. Livingston has a very underrated offensive game. While his skills in most areas are average at best, his anticipation and decision making skills make up for it. He will never tear up the score sheet but he can contribute. He has the potential to one day play in the NHL, but it is more realistic he will develop into a fringe defensive player.
According to LAKings.com, this is the second-ever Los Angeles-San Jose trade:
June 21, 2008 – Acquired a fourth-round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (later traded to Atlanta on June 27, 2009) and a fifth-round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from San Jose for a fourth-round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
-In the McNabb trade, the Kings also took on the contract of Jonathan Parker, a Solana Beach, California native and former Junior King who exploded with an 86-point junior season (45-41=86) in 2010-11 before signing a three-year contract with Buffalo out of training camp in October, 2011. In the span of the contract, he has totaled 12 points (6-6=12) in 76 games while splitting time between AHL-Rochester and the ECHL. He will be a restricted free agent come July 1.
More on today’s moves, courtesy of KingsVision: