Former Vancouver Canucks right winger Jason King has announced his retirement and will join the St. John’s IceCaps as an assistant coach.
King will be best remembered for his success playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in November 2003 that earned him the NHL Rookie of the Month award. He put up seven goals in seven games between November 1 and 15 and had 11 points in 14 games in the entire month.
The strong play of the line earned the nickname, “the Mattress Line” from the media due to the line composing of two twins (the Sedins) and a King.
The success of the line was short-lived as King would have zero points in the month of December and only two assists in January. He was re-assigned to the Manitoba Moose at the end of the January and spent most of the remaining season there.
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he would play for the Moose, but he suffered a concussion late in the season. King would miss most of the 2005-06 season with post-concussion symptoms.
In 2006-07, a contract dispute led to him signing with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Elite League. From the Western Star:
While it was reported King had been seeking a one-way deal from the Canucks, the player and team had actually agreed to a two-way contract. The problem was his minor league pay: players in the minors making more than high-end $95,000 U.S. a year are subject to clearing waivers if their recalled to the NHL.
Vancouver wasn’t coming close to that figure, King said.
“They were hard to deal with,” King said of the Canucks. “They were unreasonable.”
So he headed off to Sweden where Skelleftea paid him close to the $450,000 U.S. NHL minimum last year. He finished the season with 15 goals and 19 points in 55 games.
He would never play as a Canuck again. The team would deal his rights along with a conditional third round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Ryan Shannon.