KINGS SIGN FORWARD ALYN McCAULEY
McCauley, 29, recorded 26 points (12-14=26) and 30 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games with the San Jose Sharks this past season. Included in his totals were four power play goals, three game-winning goals and two shorthanded goals. He also appeared in six playoff games and had one assist.
"Alyn is a solid two-way hockey player whose competitiveness and leadership abilities makes him a good fit for our hockey club," said Lombardi.
Said McCauley from his home in Gananoque, Ontario: "I was impressed with how the Kings organization, Dean Lombardi and Marc Crawford in particular, pursued me. The Kings have a real commitment to win and to win now. We will have a competitive club this year and I am looking forward to the start of the season."
A 5-11, 200-pound native of Brockville, Ontario, McCauley enjoyed a breakout 2003-04 campaign with the Sharks when he set new career highs for goals (20), assists (27), points (47), power play goals (five), game-winning goals (four), plus/minus rating (plus-23) and games played (82) during his first full season with San Jose. At the end of that season, McCauley was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy that is annually awarded to the NHL's top defensive forward.
The Sharks acquired McCauley along with forward Brad Boyes and a first-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft for forward Owen Nolan from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 5, 2003. Prior to the trade he recorded 15 points (6-9=15) and 16 penalty minutes in 64 games with Toronto during the 2002-03 season. McCauley added another 10 points (3-7=10) and four penalty minutes in 16 games with the Sharks during the remainder of the regular season.
McCauley's most successful season with the Maple Leafs occurred in 2001-02 when he recorded 16 points (6-10=16), 18 penalty minutes and plus-10 rating in 82 regular season games. McCauley also had a standout post-season with the Maple Leafs that year, finishing second on his club in scoring with 15 points (5-10=15) in 20 post-season games as the Maple Leafs advanced to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals.
Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth-round (79th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, McCauley has 165 points (68-97=165), 114 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating in 478 career regular season NHL games with the Sharks and the Maple Leafs. In 52 career post-season NHL contests, he has 19 points (7-12=19), 18 penalty minutes and two game-winning goals.