The Los Angeles Kings swung a trade today with the Philadelphia Flyers that saw them acquire right winger Stefan Legein and the Flyers’ sixth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia in exchange for future considerations.
The 22-year old was a second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007 and was acquired by the Flyers a couple of years ago, and is described an agitating forward, despite only being listed at 5’10, 185lbs, who also boats some scoring upside.
However, the Flyers didn’t see him as a player with much of a future as an impact NHL player, as the reason the Flyers traded him is because they were looking to get rid of a contract because they were at the maximum contracts that an organization is allowed to have, so they looked to get rid of Legein’s for nothing other than to get some flexibility, and the Kings agreed to take on his contract if they also received the draft pick in the deal. Needing to stay under the maximum amount of contracts is the same reason the Flyers also sent forward Rob Bordson to LA in the Mike Richards trade, who the Kings didn’t qualify and became an unrestricted free agent. The future considerations will likely end up being nothing.
In 41 games last year in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms, he recorded 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points as well as 24 penalty minutes. The year before, he recorded a more impressive 24 goals and 10 assists for 34 points in 72 games as well as 34 penalty minutes. Back in 2006-2007, he recorded a very impressive 43 goals and 32 assists for 75 points as well as 115 penalty minutes in 64 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL, a season which convinced Columbus to take him in the second round of that year’s draft. He never lived up to expectations, however, and looks like a one-year wonder. He’ll be assigned to the Manchester Monarchs.
The Kings also signed prospect forwards and Andy Andreoff Robert Czarnik to three-year entry-level contracts. Andreoff was a third-round pick of the Kings in 2011 and will remain in junior. Czarnik was a third-round pick of the Kings in 2008 and will remain with the Monarchs where he was playing on a professional tryout agreement.