Breaking News – Dwight King back with Manchester

Dwight King of the LA Kings - MayorsManor photo by SheehanIn an interesting turn of events, Kings rookie forward Dwight King appears to have signed a minor league contract with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

MayorsManor has confirmed he is in Manchester today. However, he is not scheduled to play tonight in their home opener vs. the Providence Bruins. They have another home game tomorrow night vs. Portland, yet it’s not immediately known if he’ll make his season debut in that game or will be held out until next weekend vs. Worcester.

King was one of the heroes for LA during their run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, scoring five goals in the post-season – matching his output after being called up for the final 27 games of the regular season.

Most recently, King had been training with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League during the ongoing NHL lockout.

Last season, King started the year in Manchester and posted 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) over 50 games played.  In 2010-11, his first full season in the AHL, he recorded 24 goals in 72 games.

The 6-foot-3 forward was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and played his junior hockey with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Apparently, by being part of the Monarchs ‘Clear Day roster‘ last season, King was eligible to sign an AHL-only contract right now.  However, why this is happening today vs. during training camp is still unclear.

Regardless, it’s been confirmed by team personnel that he’ll be officially signing his contract later this afternoon.  Because there are no roster limits in the AHL, the Monarchs won’t need to make a subsequent player move prior to King skating in his first game.

In related news from earlier in the week – Jordan Nolan broke his finger in a fight on opening night for the Monarchs.  You can watch highlights of their most recent game here and of Nolan’s fight here.

UPDATE – Here’s our all new interview with King regarding how it all came together and why now

[stick tap to Kingscast]

Recent Articles

Lombardi Dean LA Kings GM

LA Kings Salary Cap Update After Trevor Lewis Signing, Next Steps

Kings GM Dean Lombardi and VP/capologist Jeff Solomon have been working overtime the past week and it’s helped bring some initial clarity to the team’s salary cap situation. After the signing of forward Trevor Lewis to a four-year, $8M deal, here is how things most likely look for the 2016-17 roster (at the moment):
LA Kings […]

Moverare NHL Draft

Scouting Report: RD4, Kings Select Dman Jacob Moverare

With their second selection in the 2016 NHL Draft (112th overall), the Los Angeles Kings have added Swedish defenseman Jacob Moverare, who is just 17-years-old and stands 6-foot-2.
Here is what the International Scouting Service had to say in their annual Draft Guide:
Skill: Good size defenseman that plays simple game. Good stick and body positioning defensively. […]

Clague Draft NHL Kings

Scouting Report: RD2, Kings Select Dman Kale Clague

Despite having only four picks to work with entering Saturday’s second day of the NHL Draft, the Kings opted to use their first selection of the weekend (51st overall) to take WHL defenseman Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings. He’s a 5-foot-11 blueliner who is said to have great offensive instincts and a big […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Waiver issues?

Trackbacks

  1. […] on today’s MayorsManor show King will explain exactly how the deal came together that has him back with the Monarchs and ready for his season debut this coming […]

  2. […] King, fresh off of signing an AHL contract, played in his first game for the Monarchs since winning a Stanley Cup in Los Angeles. He had two […]

  3. […] the pair were reunited when King signed an AHL-only contract with […]