When D.J. King asked the Capitals last week to send him to a team where he could play, it's a safe bet he wasn't thinking Hershey, Pa.
That's where the Capitals assigned the little-used 27-year forward on Sunday, according to Caps general manager George McPhee.
King has played in just one game for the Caps this season, logging a team-low 6:58 of ice time against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 15. Through his agent King asked the Capitals to give him a chance to play in the NHL and was placed on NHL waivers on Oct. 31. He went unclaimed and sat out the next three games against Anaheim, Carolina and the Islanders.
A native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, King has appeared in 118 NHL games with the Capitals and St. Louis Blues, recording 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and 215 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward has appeared in 189 career AHL games with Worcester and Peoria, collecting 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 453 penalty minutes. King was acquired from St. Louis on July 28, 2010. He was originally selected in the sixth round, 191st overall, by the Blues in the 2002 NHL draft.