Blues Sign King, Walker

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Alaska Aces forward D.J. King to a multi-year contract and that they have signed defenseman Matt Walker (pictured), who played in the ECHL as a rookie, to a one-year contract.

The Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Blues of the NHL and the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the sixth round (190th overall) by St. Louis in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old King had four assists and four penalty minutes in five games with Alaska in 2005-06 while also playing in the AHL where he had 11 points (5g-6a) and 160 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games for Peoria. The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound forward made his NHL debut with St. Louis on Oct. 5, 2006 at San Jose and had two points and 52 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Blues, including his first NHL point with an assist at Dallas on Apr. 2 and his first NHL goal on Apr. 3 at Phoenix. He spent the majority of the season in the AHL where he had nine points (5g-4a) and 102 penalty minutes in 38 games with Peoria.

Selected in the third round (83rd overall) by St. Louis in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the 27-year-old Walker had one goal and 70 penalty minutes in eight games for Peoria of the ECHL as a rookie in 2000-01 while also playing in the AHL where he had 12 points (4g-8a) and 131 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games and six penalty minutes in 11 postseason games for Worcester.

The 6-foot-3 and 227-pound defenseman had five assists and 72 penalty minutes in 48 games for St. Louis in 2006-07. He has played in the NHL each of the last four seasons and has nine assists and 214 penalty minutes in 132 career games for the Blues.