D.J. King Heads Down The Hershey Highway

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Caps have sent winger D.J. King down to the Hershey Bears AHL Squad (Washington Times). The problem with DJ King was that he wasn't spinning the LMFAO Wiggle Wiggle song enough. (And when I'm at the beach, I'm in a Speedo tryin' ta tan my cheeks) I'm hoping they replace him with DJ Roomba. What's hot DJ Roomba!?

I honestly have no idea who King is except for the fact that he played in 1 game and he was put on waivers where no other teams picked him up. King will be arriving in Hershey just in time for Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane, so that is nice.

It would seem that King was on the team to get penalties and start fights? 3 Goals and 100 Penalty Minutes in 2007 in only 61 games. Is it normal for a guy to be sent down in their 5th NHL season? Isn't the AHL for young player development? Does this mean that after this season King gets cut? Do the Caps benefit by having him down there?

2 comments:

Dru Montoya said...

you are more or less correct in your assumption that King was only here to start fights.

also DJ roomba is awesome.

hihoho said...

It's not unheard of that someone from the NHL drops down to the AHL. They have some veterans as well as young, developing players. I'm sure King's not completely thrilled with it but he likely realizes that it's one of his few options left to get more game time rather than sitting in the pressbox (but honestly, there's no guarantee he'd get game time in Hershey either. The Bears already have two well-established fighters on the team). It's King's last year on the Washington contract and it's very unlikely that he'd get an extension which would leave him as a free agent.

The gains and losses aren't too huge. Caps lose a guy who by many accounts seemed to be very well-liked by his teammates but barely played any games so, aside from a few fighting lessons he gave to Hendricks, it won't really affect the team on-ice. It frees up some Caps salary cap space but his salary wasn't huge (big by normal people standards but not hockey player standards) and opens up a roster spot.

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