D.J. King cleared waivers on Tuesday, so for now, not much will change for the Capitals enforcer. He had requested to be placed on waivers, through his agent David Kaye, to see if there was a team that would give him the opportunity to play more. The other 29 teams passed, though, bringing King back to where he started.

“It’s just like it was. Nothing changes,” King said. “Just keep working hard like I have been and when I get the chance here, just do my best.”

King appeared in 16 games during the 2010-11 campaign, but he never played more than 9 minutes 2 seconds in any single outing. It’s unlikely that the Capitals would send him to the AHL’s Hershey Bears, meaning King will likely remain in Washington as he did last year.

Through the first 10 games of the year, King played once, earning just 6:58 against Ottawa.

 “Obviously I only played in 16 games last year and the way it’s looking, I might probably only get around the same amount this year,” King said. “If that’s the case there’s nothing I can do about it. All I can do is stick through it and when I get the chance make sure I’m ready to play.”