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L.A. signs Dwight King to two-year extension

Jul 16, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

Dwight King, Mike Richards AP

The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed a key part of their Stanley Cup run.

Dwight King — the big-bodied winger from Saskatchewan — has agreed to a two-year deal that will keep him in Los Angeles until 2014. Financial terms of the contract were not released; King’s last deal paid $591,667 annually.

The 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward was a key contributor for L.A. after being called up from AHL Manchester in February, scoring 5G-9A-14PTS in 27 regular season games, helping the Kings finish eighth in the Western Conference.

From there, he posted another 5G-3A-8PTS in 20 playoff games, including a pair of game-winning goals against the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference final.

King thrived on the third line alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis during the playoffs, a trio that now seems likely to play together in 2012-13.

Stoll liked centering King and the chemistry his line produced.

“[King is] a big strong body that can control the puck and obviously shoot the puck. Come playoff time, that type of player is huge,” Stoll told the LA Times back in May. “He’s strong on the puck, he can get in on the forecheck, be physical, and control the puck down there.

“Him and Lewie are great down there controlling the puck. You’ve seen it lots here down the stretch, late in third periods, they’re controlling the corners side to side and you see what he can do when he shoots the puck.

“He’s a very special player for us right now.”

  1. jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    good for him, was glad to see him put up points and separate himself from that bum of a brother of his.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    OK, a question for the floor: has any other NHL player ever had the same last name as his team’s nickname? Anyone?
    John Blue played for Boston, not St. Louis, and rocker Joan Jett may have played in Winnipeg, but not for the Jets.

    • blomfeld - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      BINGO !

      The answer is Johnny “Pie Face” McKenzie, who played with the Bruins from the late 60’s to mid ’70’s … and the reason for that ? … because all Bruins’ fans like making fruit pies ! :)

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:44 AM

        Perhaps I didn’t express my question clearly enough. Dwight King plays for the Kings, so his last name and his team’s name, the Kings, match. Johnny McKenzie played for the Bruins, and McKenzie/Bruins is not quite as close a match as King/Kings, pies notwithstanding.

  3. northstars17 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I like this kid. a young big power forward… reminds me of Milan Lucic on Boston a little bit.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Just another stone paved on the Road of Dynasty !

    If anyone still doubts that the LA Kings have now embarked on a run of “multiple” Stanley Cup Championships, then it might be time for them to start watching another sport ! This signing is “brilliant” and it’s another example of the “genius” which is Dean Lombardi. The NHL’s “so-called” best teams weren’t so much beaten this spring, as they were “butchered” by our glorious Kings ! Yes friends, we are here ! … and we are here to stay ! :)

    GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • creasemasta41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      Dont get too ahead of yourself, im a kings fan but until you hit about december and see where the kings are positioned, they have a 1/30 chance of winning, just like everyone else. They may look great on paper, but everyone thought the same about buffalo last year. Still, heres hoping for back to backs and many more to come!!

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    King will stay a king for 2 extra years , that’s good

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