The Winnipeg Sun is reporting that the Jets organization is on the verge of signing free agent and Newfoundland native Jason King. The deal is obviously a two-way, as it’s likely that King will spend the majority of his time with the IceCaps in St. John’s.
This is a smart signing, bringing in a hometown (or at least home-province) player to give the fans a little extra to cheer for.
King, 29, has experienced a rocky road in his hockey career thus far, so the return to Newfoundland should be a great fit and fresh start for the Corner Brook native. Local fans will remember his time playing with the Sedins in Vancouver where he contributed at a pretty decent pace, but for only a short time.
Despite his streaky play, many hockey fans still see King as a pure goal scorer. Time will tell if he can deliver for the Caps and contribute when it counts.
From the Sun:
King dealt with concussion woes during the 2005-06 season and left the Moose/Canucks organization after the season to sign with Skelleftea HC in the Swedish Elite League. He returned to North America the following season, playing four games for former Moose coach Randy Carlyle with the Anaheim Ducks. He spent the majority of the campaign with the AHL’s Portland Pirates. King put up 29 goals and 59 points in 65 games with the Pirates, but decided to head back overseas the following season with the Mannheim Eagles in the DEL.The past two seasons, King had 41 goals and 36 assists for 77 points in 103 games with the Hamburg Freezers.
King was originally drafted by the Canucks in round seven of the 2001 draft.
Let’s hope the success of the IceCaps and the city in general will help this guy along in rejuvenating his professional hockey career here in North America. Who knows, with any luck he could see some time with the Jets.