Niesy left this comment in the Dwight King post of a couple of weeks ago:
OK, I did some searching and apparently other NHL clubs have been sending non-waiver-exempt players down to the AHL for a while. It seems to be a safe move so long as the player was listed on the AHL club’s clear day roster, even if they were up with the NHL team at the time. One example is the Penguins’ Tangradi.
It looks like King could have been there all along, but waited to see how long this lockout was going to go. His fiance is pregnant and he wants to stay in North America.