Jack Johnson swears he didn't know Dustin Penner had been traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles until just before he got to Staples Center.
The Kings defenseman swears his game-day routine Monday was the same it's always been.
Easy for him to say. Johnson already signed a contract extension earlier this season.
Considering the Kings were expected to make a big deal or two before the noon trade deadline, and considering the players had so few answers for an uncharacteristic 7-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Terry Murray couldn't say for sure that the two events were unrelated.
"That's hard to answer," the Kings' coach said. "I don't think anybody would own up to it, but it's a very distracting day. - It's very hard to have an NHL game on trade deadline day."
The Kings made it look hard by taking a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the game, then allowing seven unanswered goals in front of an announced crowd of 18,118.
Six players scored for the Red Wings, and six more collected assists, in a balanced rout that spared no one a share of responsibility for the embarrassing final score. Jonathan Quick bore the brunt of the burden on the stat sheet, allowing six goals on 24 shots.
Murray said he contemplated sparing Quick the indignity of the final six goals early, after Detroit forward Drew Miller wristed a puck between the goalie's legs from a terrible angle - almost behind the goal line - at 6:37 of the first period.
Loss for Kings anything but routine
L.A. Daily News | Mar 1