King agreed to terms on a two-year deal with KHL Avtomobilist Jekaterinburgh on Monday, KHL Insider Aivis Kalnins reports. King was brought in by the Habs at the trade deadline last season in an attempt to add some toughness and grit to their lineup -- with the hope of making a deep playoffs run. That clearly didn't pan out as Montreal was bounced in the opening round by the Rangers and has since moved on from the winger. In 80 total appearances last season, the Saskatchewan native notched nine goals and seven helpers. Considering he has broken the 20-point threshold just twice in his career, King's move to Russia should probably impact only a handful of fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues.
King will be let go by the Canadiens, the team announced Thursday. King was brought in via trade at the deadline last season in an attempt to add some toughness to the Habs' lineup, but the organization apparently wants to go in a different direction now. The winger managed just one goal in 17 outings with Montreal.
King fired two shots and registered one blocked shot in Wednesday's loss to Buffalo. Since being traded to the Canadiens at the deadline, King has yet to record a point in 15 games played. Before the trade, the big winger scored eight goals and added seven assists in 63 games for Los Angeles. Part of the reason for the scoring lull is his decline in ice time since the trade -- it's dropped from 15:00 to 11:57. Of course, the Canadiens certainly didn't add King to help them offensively, as he's more of a grinder and penalty killer.
King had five hits over 10:37 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 win over Nashville. King, who was making his debut for the Canadiens after being acquired at the trade deadline, skated on the fourth line and played on the penalty-kill unit. Montreal is under no delusion that King's the answer to its goal-scoring problem, but his physical nature should deliver hits and make Montreal a tougher team.
King was traded from Los Angeles to Montreal for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018. Evidently, the Habs are serious about stuffing their forward lines with gritty and sizable players. They brokered a deal with Detroit for agitator Steve Ott on Tuesday night and now acquire King, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds and is a tough one to knock off the puck. His marginal fantasy utility comes in the form of hits, as he's laid into opponents 509 times since entering the league in 2010-11.
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