Jeff Carter knows he must score goals for LA Kings

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Carter realizes the Los Angeles Kings expect their newest acquisition to score goals immediately and often.

The NHL's lowest-scoring team hopes Carter can solve enough of its offensive woes to get the Kings back to the playoffs.

Carter reported to Staples Center on Saturday and passed his physical after arriving from Columbus in a trade for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick. He is expected to be in the Kings' lineup Saturday night against Chicago.

Carter says he wasn't surprised to be traded after just 39 games with the Blue Jackets, although he didn't ask to leave the league's worst team.

He's surprised to be reuniting with Mike Richards, his longtime teammate and sometime linemate in Philadelphia before the Flyers traded both forwards last summer.