The Canadiens have acquired Dwight King from the Kings for a conditional 4th round pick in 2018.
The Canadiens want to get heavier and they do so by adding another power forward in King. The 27-year-old doesn’t provide a lot in the way of offence, having scored just 15 points (8G / 7A) in 63 games with the Kings this season.
King will be out for 8-10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken foot.
King was injured while blocking a shot in the Kings’ preseason finale on October 3rd. His 8-10 week timetable puts him on pace to return in late-November to mid-December. With King out expect forwards like Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis to take on bigger roles.
The Kings have placed Dwight King (lower-body) on injured reserve.
King was injured in the Kings’ preseason finale and is expected to miss an extended period of time. King’s movement to IR allows the Kings to keep another player on the roster until King is healthy enough to return.
In Monday’s practice King was skating on the first line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. King has 21 points (10G / 11A) in 64 games this season and has not registered a point in his last eight games.
The Kings signed Dwight King to a three-year, $5.85 million contract.
King, 25, had 15 goals and 15 assists (30 points) with a plus-16 rating in 77 games last season. King bounces around on the Kings' second and third line as the Kings continue to keep pieces of their Stanley Cup winning team.
Dwight King will open the season on the Kings first line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
“Well, Dwight King was arguably the best player in training camp, so he gets to play with Anze Kopitar, who is our best player," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. "I know how everybody outside falls in love with numbers and names, but it’s based on performance." The move may be temporary while Dustin Brown gets back up-to-speed after missing the preseason.