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01-04-2006, 04:42 PM
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Connor James signs contract & recalled to LA

James Signs First NHL Contract And Is Recalled By The Kings

MANCHESTER, NH The Los Angeles Kings, the parent club of the Manchester Monarchs, have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent center Connor James and have recalled him from the Monarchs, Kings President of Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. In addition, the Kings have placed center Eric Belanger on the injured reserve list (retroactive to December 30) due to a groin injury.

James, 23, has 22 points (9-13=22), 22 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 33 games with the Monarchs this season. The Kings originally selected James, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of Calgary, in the ninth-round (279th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has not appeared in an NHL game and will wear jersey No. 56.

Belanger, 28, suffered the injury during the Kings-Phoenix Coyotes contest on December 27 at Glendale Arena. In 38 games with the Kings this season, the 6-foot, 188-pound native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has 24 points (11-13=24), 32 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating, with his 11 goals tied for fifth on the club. In 296 career regular season NHL contests, all with the Kings, Belanger has 137 points (57-80=137) and 139 penalty minutes.

He's at the airport now...

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