Matt Greene on his call with Jack Johnson last night

Obviously, the topic de jour around the Kings locker room following practice today was the trade of Jack Johnson to Columbus. In an effort to push out as much of the content as possible, we’ll streamline the ‘story’ we wrap around things and try to simply post more of the raw comments.

In speaking with Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards, Willie Mitchell, etc. it seems that only Matt Greene actually spoke with Johnson last night (the others exchanged several text messages with him). Here’s Greene with some insight into what went down…

On the trade – “You have to give something to get something. We need scoring. Jack is an awesome d-man and sometimes that’s what you have to give up to get what you need. And that’s what we needed, scoring.”

On yesterday – “I talked to him pretty early on. He actually let me know the deal was done…I said it was just too bad he was getting out of here. I liked playing with him. He’s a good guy, great player. It will help them out a lot. He’ll get a chance to play a little bit more too. He’s going to be a guy to eat up a lot of minutes for a long time for those guys. So, it helps them out. Plus, we get a guy coming back who’s going to help us out too.”

On Johnson’s mood last night – “It’s tough, it’s a weird feeling when you get the call that you’ve been traded. I’ve been through it one time and I think you’re still in shock and awe (when it happens)…so, speaking from experience, I think he was in shock last night.”

Is that maybe why he reached out to you, for some advice or insight on your experience? – “Yeah, that and we were roomies on the road for the last four years. We’ve been in each other’s lives everyday for the last four years…he’s a friend as much as (he was a) teammate.”

Plenty more to come.  In the meantime, please check the related links below to see if you’ve missed any of the coverage over the last few days.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

VIDEO: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the trade for Jeff Carter

Jack Johnson reacts to the trade

Mike Richards comments on Jeff Carter trade rumors

Trade Rumors – five things at play for the LA Kings

Why the LA Kings should trade for Jeff Carter, not Rick Nash

Kings locker room is tense because of all the trade rumors, per Doughty

Recent Articles

Penner surgery Kings MayorsManor

Final Results: Team Mayor vs. Team Penner

Yesterday was going to be so glorious. We were prepared to ridiculously gloat about the results from our little challenge with Dustin Penner. Instead, Mike Richards was put on waivers and the proverbial train came off the tracks in a real hurry. With order somewhat restored, let’s get back to the real business at hand […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Mike Richards Future in LA

Follow @mayorNHL Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about all about the Los Angeles Kings placing Mike Richards on waivers. What team(s) might put in a claim? Where will he be playing next season? Is a trade still possible? […]

Mike Richards Stanley Cup Kings MayorsManor

Full Details on Kings’ Maneuvers with Richards

Nothing like a major news item to start off the week. As reported earlier today by Elliotte Friedman, the Los Angeles Kings have placed center Mike Richards on waivers. We have since been inundated with questions, so let’s try to break down several issues and bring some clarity to what is going on and what […]

Major News Items

MayorsManor Prospect Rankings 2015 Midseason

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: No. 6-10

Yesterday, we rolled out the initial article in our three-part series looking at the midseason updates to the LA Kings top 10 prospects list. Already served up were three honorable mentions – defensemen Kevin Gravel, … [Read More...]

More Prospect News