As the offseason begins, we’ll take a player-by-player look at the year that was for the Washington Capitals.
Contract status: $637,500 in 2010-11, $637,500 in 2011-12.
The year that was: D.J. King played the fewest average minutes per game (5:41) of any player who laced up the skates for the Capitals in a regular season game this year and played only 90:57 all season.
The designated tough guy and enforcer for the Capitals finished the year with six fighting majors, but he was rarely on the ice long enough to accomplish much more than that. King was on the ice for the third-highest goals per 60 minutes against at even strength (4) behind only Brian Willsie (1GP) and Andrew Gordon (9 GP).
Looking ahead: King is a friendly presence in the dressing room, but with a year remaining on his contract and a limited on-ice role, it’s hard not to wonder if the Capitals wouldn’t consider freeing up the roster spot for more depth elsewhere if they’re not planning to use him more often.