- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings acquired veteran forward Kris Versteeg from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth-round draft pick on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old Versteeg had 11 goals and 22 assists in 62 games for the Hurricanes, who acquired him in September from Chicago.

In order to make space for Versteeg, the Kings moved Marian Gaborik to long-term injured reserve.

“I think he gives us some depth and the ability to finish and play all positions for us,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the Kings lost to the Ducks 4-2. “It’s important. Gabby’s out, and I think that it showed up even tonight where we’ve been using 3 1/2 lines, basically, when you look at minutes played. Especially in back-to-backs, you need four lines, four good lines.”

Versteeg played only 5:47 during Carolina’s 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday and didn’t play at all in the third period. The two-way forward has been traded six times since June 2010, also playing for Toronto, Philadelphia and Florida. His contract expires after this season.

Earlier in the day, Carolina traded captain Eric Staal to the New York Rangers for a prospect and draft picks.

Zykov was a second-round pick in 2013. He plays for the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Ontario.


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