The first trade of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2017 Deadline Day was, surprisingly, not an acquisition of a forward. Instead, the Kings traded away Dwight King for a draft pick.
Canadiens acquire forward Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings, in return for a conditional 4th round pick in 2018. pic.twitter.com/XXas32sp3i— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 1, 2017
King finishes his tenure with LA with 348 regular season games played and 108 points, to go with 25 points in 69 playoff games. He was a surprise contributor in 2012, a legit third line presence in 2014, and in between he had a 15-goal season, complete with a hat trick that I was blessed to see in person. He was also generally well-liked, a pretty darn good penalty killer, and occasionally got to be (with mixed results) Top Line Dwight King.
He also was an unrestricted free agent after this season, and with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson in need of new contracts, the $2 million contract he likely would have commanded probably wasn’t happening. So the Kings got what they could for him, which is a fourth-round pick that (I assume) could turn into more if the Canadiens go on a playoff run.
As for LA, they have a hole that isn’t so easily filled by their assortment of fourth liners. They also have cap room, whether it be for Jarome Iginla (who’s the #1 rumored name right now) or another forward.