Mayor’s Manor reports that Dwight King has “signed a minor league contract” and is going to play in Manchester. I assume more details are forthcoming. All of the Kings’ waiver-exempt players (Andrei Loktionov, Jordan Nolan, Slava Voynov) were loaned to Manchester before the September 15 lock-out date, per a special agreement between the NHL and the union, allowing the usual waiver period to be moved up several days. King, whose exemption expired at the end of this season, was not sent down. However, it appears the Kings have decided that it’s safe to, in effect, send him down now. Since there is no CBA, there is no waiver process to clear. I get that. But what’s going to happen when hockey resumes and players have to be assigned? Where is King, officially? He can’t be on loan to the Monarchs, because he hasn’t been loaned, because there is no process for loaning players right now (because there’s no CBA). He’s off the reservation, just like Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Jonathan Bernier and all the other NHLers who signed to play in Europe. The Kings have (I assume they gave their blessing to this) decided that King is allowed to sign with Manchester just like Kopitar is free to sign in Sweden. But this is a grey area. What’s stopping the Kings from having their entire team sign minor league contracts in Manchester and in effect having an off-the-books training camp and pre-season?