Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings apparently bolstered their blueline, acquiring defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes.
TSN of Canada was first with the news on Wednesday afternoon. Additional reports have Los Angeles parting ways with a first-round draft pick as well as defensive prospect Roland McKeown from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.
The defending champions are struggling to stay afloat in the Western Conference playoff race and had yet to properly replace suspended defenseman Slava Voynov.
L.A. currently sits third in the Pacific Division but seventh in the conference with 70 points, just one ahead of eighth-seeded Minnesota.
The 28-year-old native of Slovakia totaled two goals and 17 assists over 57 games for Carolina this season and is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in July. He has totaled 30 goals and 155 points over 470 contests since making his NHL debut for the Sabres during the 2006-07 campaign.