The Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings are two teams headed in different directions this season.
The Habs had high expectations heading into the season with a veteran led team with arguably the best goaltender in the game at the helm. However, a combination of injuries and underachievement has the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Kings went through a major overhaul over summer with a brand new general manager and head coach. The changes have done well as the Kings have been near the top of the Pacific Division since the start of the season.
The two teams who met in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final made a swap on Thursday as veteran forward Torrey Mitchell is heading west. In return, Montreal is getting a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2018.
If the Kings make the playoffs this spring then the Canadiens receive their own fourth-round pick in 2018 back, which was traded away in the Dwight King deal at the trade deadline last season, instead of Los Angeles' fifth-round pick in 2018.
Mitchell has 61 goals and 141 points in 617 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres and Canadiens.