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Defenseman Laidlaw Ends Career With Buyout by Kings

After a decade on the ice and 18 months in rehabilitation, defenseman Tom Laidlaw ended his career Friday by agreeing to a buyout offer from the Kings.

Unable to recover from the back injury that has sidelined him since St. Patrick’s Day, 1990, Laidlaw, 33, settled for $455,000. His contract called for $310,000 for both this year and next season, his option year. The team would have been required to pay him the full amount this season and at least two-thirds or $206,000 next season for a total of $506,000. But when he was informed Friday that he was being sent to the minors, Laidlaw chose the lower offer.

And Friday, he also was having a new set of phones installed in his house to begin his new career as a player agent.

“I played 10 years in the NHL,” Laidlaw said. “That’s not bad.”

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Laidlaw finished with 25 goals and 164 points in 705 games with the Kings and New York Rangers.

The Kings play the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 in their final Forum appearance of the exhibition season.


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