The Capitals have assigned enforcer D.J. King, who has been a healthy scratch in all but one game, to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. The move was made in an effort to get King more playing time, according to a team spokesman.

King asked Washington to put him on waivers last week in hopes that he would receive more playing time on another NHL club, but all 29 other teams passed.

It didn’t seem as though King would get to play much in Washington, given that the Capitals have 13 other healthy forwards and Coach Bruce Boudreau was trying to avoid sitting any of them for more than one game.

King earns the same salary in the AHL ($625,000) as he does in the NHL, according to Capgeek, but he will not count against the Capitals’ cap calculations while he's in Hershey.