Enforcer D.J. King cleared waivers Tuesday afternoon as every other team in the NHL passed on the forward’s services.
King asked to be placed on waivers in an effort to get more game time with another club and the Capitals obliged. But because he cleared waivers, King remains on Washington’s roster.
Here’s what Coach Bruce Boudreau had to say about the situation before King cleared.
“You feel for him. D.J.’s one great guy,” Boudreau said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet.”
Keeping King on the active roster meant Washington had 24 players, one above the league maximum.
To trim the number of players on the active roster, Jay Beagle (concussion) has been designated as injured-non roster, according to a team spokesman. That means Beagle won’t count against the 23-man roster limit but the team doesn’t get any relief under the salary cap for his absence.
Beagle has missed six games and hasn’t taken part in the team’s last 16 practices since he was knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham on Oct. 13.