NHL Trade Update: Capitals Swap Left Wingers With Blues

Sam SnyderCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2010

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12:  Left wing D.J. King #19 of the St. Louis Blues warms up prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins on October 12, 2006 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Washington Capitals have traded Stefan Della Rovere for veteran tough guy D.J. King. Della Rovere is a young Capitals forward who has yet to play in the NHL.

Della Rovere was the Capitals' 7th round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the large majority of his career in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 65 goals. He was called up by the Hershey Bears and played two playoff games.

King was a 6th round pick by the Blues in 2002, and has played for the Blues almost exclusively as an enforcer. With a career total of four goals and nine points, King has spent his career using his fists more often than his hockey stick

King has a total of 185 penalty minutes, 100 of those coming in the 2007-8 season. Needless to say, the Caps were looking to add some muscle to the team, something they lacked this past season.