We speculated on the possibility of Andrei Loktionov being moved a week ago, but it seems that the other shoe has finally dropped: Loktionov has been traded to the New Jersey Devils. See the official release from the Los Angeles Kings here.

Loktionov was a fifth-round pick by the Kings in 2008, a pick that was seen as a bit of a gamble by GM Dean Lombardi simply because there was concern as to whether he could be successfully signed out of Russia. But Loktionov came to North America and played one season with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires before moving to the Manchester Monarchs. Loktionov made his NHL debut on November 25, 2009, but did not play for the Kings again until the next season, when he appeared in 19 games with the big club and scored seven points. He played in 39 regular season games and two playoff games last season, showing flashes of his offensive prowess but struggling to find a consistent niche in the lineup. He scored three goals in his final six games, but he was essentially pushed out of the lineup once Jeff Carter was traded to Los Angeles in February. His only playoff games (Games 2 and 3 against Vancouver) were as a replacement for the injured Kyle Clifford, and his name was controversially not included on the Stanley Cup.