LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Dwight King to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
King, 23 (turned 23 on July 5), collected 14 points (5-9=14), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 27 regular season games this past season. He was recalled by the Kings from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on February 10 after registering 29 points (11-18=29), 20 penalty minutes and plus-6 rating in 50 AHL regular season games with Manchester. At the time of his recall, King was tied for second in points and second in assists on the Monarchs.
King, a 6-3, 234-pound native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, earned his first career NHL points (a goal and an assist) in his eighth career NHL game at Dallas on February 12.
During the Kings 2012 run to the Stanley Cup championship, King collected five goals, eight points (5-3=8), 13 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. He ranked tied for first in goals scored during the postseason and tied for second in postseason game-winning goals scored (2) amongst rookies in 2012, and four of his five postseason goals were scored against Phoenix in the Western Conference Final series.
Originally selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (109th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft, King has 14 points (5-9=14), 12 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in 33 career NHL regular season games – all with the Kings. He made his NHL debut with the Kings on November 17, 2010, vs. Columbus.
first i thought it was 1.5 per, wonder why it took so long
It's only been two weeks since the start of free agency, did it really take long? Had it been August or September, I would consider it to be long. The Kings may have wanted more years (like they did when they locked up guys like Zeiler and Drewiske to four year deals).
i really like king. he has awesome positioning and many long careers are based off of positioning
He's also a very powerful skater. We read and heard a lot about his slow skating but once he gets going it doesn't look very slow and it doesn't look like anyone's able to stop him from reaching his destination. He's hard to move off the puck. This is a great contract, by the end of it we could easily be talking about a 35-40 point player.
Crazy how how many of Kings goals were the Kings getting a goal right back after giving one up and/or breaking a tie score. Great stuff.
That's exactly why there wasn't a ton of suspense in every series leading up to the final. If they weren't up 3-0 in a series, they were either up in every game or bounced back with a goal fairly quickly.