The Washington Times - November 7, 2011, 12:48PM

D.J. King wants to play. That’s why the Capitals placed him on waivers last week – in the hopes that another NHL team would give him the chance.

King wants to play. That’s why the Caps sent him to Hershey Sunday, coach Bruce Boudreau said.

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“He just needs to play. We haven’t had the opportunity to play him a lot,” Boudreau said. “For D.J., it’s just about getting the ice time. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s a great teammate. We just need him to get to play.”

King reported to Hershey on Monday and practiced with the team.

It wasn’t the tough guy’s call, Boudreau said, but in his best interest.

“No. We just thought that that’s what he needed to do,” the coach said. “We told him [Sunday], and that’s what he’s doing.”

King expressed his thoughts and his love for the game on Twitter Monday afternoon.

“Going to miss all the boys up in Wash. But had a good first day here in Hershey,” he wrote.