Wearing a grey Los Angeles Kings sweatshirt, Jeff Carter walked into an interview room downstairs at Staples Center having passed the requisite physical, two hours shy of his first puck drop as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
"Coming in to this team," Carter said, "it's a team I told Mike Richards when he got traded here that you know, you've got a heck of a team, you've got a chance to win here,' so I'm excited to be a part of it. We've got a lot of work to do ahead of us. I'm excited."
Admitting that "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous," Carter acquitted himself fine in his first 17 minutes and 16 seconds as a King, taking four shots one of which he ripped off from a sharp angle on the right wing during his first shift that forced Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford to make an awkward save.
It was exactly as Richards had described it the previous day.
"It's a quick release, it's...