The Los Angeles Kings just announced they have sent forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.
The 27-year old King is from Meadowlake, Saskatchewan so he is playing closer to home. The forward played in all 63 games with Los Angeles this season, getting eight goals and seven assists for 15 points.
King was chosen in the fourth round of the 2007 draft (109th over all) and has played 348 regular season games, earning 108 points (52 goals, 56 assists). He has a plus-5 rating and 96 penalty minutes.
He is going from a team struggling for a wild card slot to a team that leads the Atlantic Division with 78 points. If King remains with Montreal he will most likely get to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Los Angeles has added some new players to the wings, Jarome Iginla who has 21 years experience and came over from the Colorado Avalanche today (Wednesday March 1). They also have rookie Adrian Kempe, who has played five games.
On February 27 the Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goalie Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak and a seventh-round draft pick.
Jonathan Quick had been out for most of the season with a groin injury, returning for a game against the Anaheim Ducks February 25. This was the second time Quick missed significant playing time due to a groin injury and Kings GM Dean Lombardi made no secret about why they went after Bishop, who would be a free agent at the end of the season.
Now, with Iginla and Adrian Kempe, the question is: can the Kings start scoring again as the playoffs get closer?
In his time with the Kings, Dwight King won two Stanley Cups, in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
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