Left wing Sean Avery's controversy-filled three-plus seasons with the Kings ended Monday when the team traded him to the New York Rangers in a five-player deal.
In return, the Kings received forward Jason Ward and two prospects, forwards Marc-Andre Cliche and Jan Marek. The Kings also included forward John Seymour, an eighth-round pick in the 2005 draft.
By trading the 26-year-old Avery, the Kings removed a potentially negative influence on players who are part of the team's youth movement. At the same time, the Kings get some value for a player who seemed to hold little at the end of last season.
Cliche, a second-round pick in the 2005 draft, was the linchpin in the deal.
"Where he started to impress me was when we saw him in the Canadian national team camp," Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said. "He seemed like one of those players who would do anything to make the team. The way they put the junior team together, they are cognizant of character guys filling certain roles. I'm not saying he's a top talent, but if character is a talent, that's something he's got in abundance."