O'Donnell returns to Kings after 7-year absence

The Los Angeles Kings acquired defenceman Sean O'Donnell from the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday, receiving a conditional selection in the 2009 NHL entry draft in return.

Defensive defenceman earned 71 points with Los Angeles from 1994 to 2000

General manager Brian Burke further trimmed the Anaheim Ducks' payroll, trading stay-at-home defenceman Sean O'Donnell to the division rival Los Angeles Kings.

He received a conditional selection in the 2009 NHL entry draft in return for O'Donnell, who played for the Kings from 1994-2000.

O'Donnell, 36, spent two and a half seasons with the Ducks, and was a member of their 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.

He played in all 82 regular season games last season, with two goals and seven assists. In six playoff contests, O'Donnell collected two points.

He has appeared in a combined 932 games with Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, Boston, New Jersey and Minnesota through 13 NHL seasons.

O'Donnell made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1994-95 season and went on to play in 381 career games for them, posting 12 goals, 71 points and 799 penalty minutes. He added two goals in eight post-season starts.

Los Angeles opens the 2008-09 campaign Oct. 11 at San Jose against the Sharks.

Last weekend, Burke signed free-agent winger Teemu Selanne to a two-year deal worth $5.25 million.

Anaheim had to wait until trading defenceman Mathieu Schneider to Atlanta on Sept. 26 to make the deal possible, but remains $1.2 million US over the NHL's $56.7-million team salary cap.

The Ducks have until the first day of the regular season to get under the cap.