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D.J. King: ‘I need to play hockey’

Caps enforcer D.J. King said after Monday’s practice that his agent asked management to place him on waivers and the team obliged.

King has suited up for one game, skating 6 minutes 58 seconds against Ottawa. If he clears waivers — as he did last February — he’ll likely stay in Washington, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau.

“We’re trying to find a level of interest at this stage,” Boudreau said. “We want him to play. It might mean nothing. If there’s nothing, it doesn’t mean we’re sending him down. He might be in the lineup tomorrow night.”

As for King, he said his agent, David Kaye, recently spoke to the Capitals about making the move.

“They’re just being fair to me,” King said. “I haven’t really had the opportunity to play that much. So they’re just seeing what’s out there. Maybe I have a chance to go play somewhere else and play a little bit more. Tomorrow we’ll see what happens.”

King added: “I need to play hockey. If I want to prolong my career in the NHL, I need to play hockey. No one can prolong their career if they’re only playing 15 games a year.”

Asked why King has played in only one game, Boudreau said: “It’s a coach’s decision.”

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