The two players the Kings gave up to get Denis Gauthier were unlikely to join the NHL club soon, if at all.
Patrik Hersley, a 22-year-old defenseman, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2005. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Sweden, Hersley had one goal and eight assists in 42 games with Manchester last season and three goals and 15 assists in 20 games with Reading of the ECHL.
Ned Lukacevic, a 22-year-old forward, was a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. A 6-foot, 185-pound native of Serbia, Lukacevic had 17 goals and 19 assists in 61 games with Reading last season.