Left wing Dwight King, whose size and timely scoring made him an impact player during the Kings’ run to the Stanley Cup championship, signed a two-year deal worth about $1.5 million. King, who turned 23 this month, had been a restricted free agent.
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward had five goals and 14 points in 27 regular-season games after being called up from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League in February. During the playoffs he scored five goals and eight points, including two game-winning goals, while playing a valuable role on the third line.
Signing King means that General Manager Dean Lombardi has kept the roster from the Cup-winning team intact while leaving ample salary-cap space. That flexibility could prove important if the salary-cap limit is reduced under the next collective bargaining agreement, which is being negotiated by the league and the players’ association. The current labor deal expires Sept. 15.
The Kings’ pursuit of free-agent winger Shane Doan remains on hold while he weighs his options. Several teams reportedly have shown interest in the rugged forward, but he probably will wait until the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes — his longtime team — is clearer.
Hawks get forward Korver from Bulls
The active Atlanta Hawks improved their long-distance shooting Monday, acquiring small forward Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls for a trade exception and cash.
The 6-7 Korver averaged 8.1 points for the Bulls in 65 games last season, including seven starts. He ranked 10th in the NBA by making 43.5% of his three-point shots.
The 31-year-old Korver has made at least 40% of his three-point shots in six of his nine seasons with Philadelphia, Utah and Chicago. He set a league record by making 53.6% of his three-point shots in the 2009-10 season with the Jazz.
The Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers completed a sign-and-trade deal that sends Raymond Felton back to New York as a potential replacement for Jeremy Lin.
Kurt Thomas, also a former Knick, returns to New York in the deal.
The Knicks signed and traded forward Jared Jeffries, along with center Dan Gadzuric, the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick to Portland.
The Brooklyn Nets signed veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse to a one-year, $1.4-million deal.
Stackhouse provided the terms after General Manager Billy King announced the deal.
Stackhouse appeared in 30 games with the Hawks last season, averaging 3.6 points and 9.1 minutes. The 17-year NBA veteran did not appear in any of Atlanta’s six playoff games.
Ray Rice and Matt Forte got what they wanted: long-term contracts that sometimes elude NFL running backs.
Neither Rice nor Forte was enamored of playing under the franchise tag tender in 2012, and negotiations went down to the wire. Then Rice scored big with the Baltimore Ravens, getting $40 million for five years, and Forte took a four-year, $32-million deal with the Chicago Bears.
Sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia lost, 6-4, 7-5, to Poland’s Ursula Radwanska in the first round of the Mercury Insurance Open at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.
Earlier, Varvara Lepchenko cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over fellow American Nicole Gibbs.
Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras to set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
After winning Wimbledon a week ago, Federer returned to the top for the first time since June 2010. Monday marked his 287th week at No. 1, one more than Sampras.
The Big East Conference reached an agreement with Syracuse University, allowing the Orange to leave the league a year early for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Syracuse announced last year its intention to join the ACC, but under Big East bylaws the school needed to serve a 27-month exit period. Instead, the Orange will now be allowed to leave July 1, 2013.