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Capitals assign D.J. King to Hershey Bears

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The Capitals are already a team that doesn’t like to fight. Now, when they fight, they’ll do so without D.J. King.

King on Sunday was assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, a move that clears up a roster space and takes his $637,500 salary off the cap.

King, who was not made available to speak when requested Sunday, appeared in just one game this season and played 6:58.

Last week when he cleared waivers, the tough guy said: “It’s a tough market so right now I’m just back to where I was at the start of the year like nothing changed. Just work hard and when I get the chance here to play, just make sure I’m ready to play good.”

Now, things have changed. The Caps have 22 players on the active roster and King is set to report to Hershey.

General manager George McPhee was not made available Sunday to discuss the roster move. Director of media relations Sergey Kocharov said coach Bruce Boudreau would address the situation after Monday’s practice.

In previous comments, Boudreau was complimentary of King’s presence in the Caps locker room.

“D.J. is a real important part,” Boudreau said. “We wish we could play him every night. But we haven’t been playing opponents that really need his ilk.”

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