Because the Kings dressed only 19 players in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia, they are eligible to use an emergency recall on a player who carries a cap hit of under $650,000, via Article 50.10 of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.
That recall will be used on 5-foot-10, 173-pound David Van der Gulik, who has 13 points (2-11=13) in 48 career NHL games with Colorado and Calgary and carries a $550,000 cap hit. The Kings were not able to use the emergency recall on center Jordan Weal, whose $610,000 cap hit would have been pushed above the maximum provided by Article 50.10 due to bonuses based on games played.
“Signed in the off season for this type of situation,” Assistant General Manager Rob Blake said of Van der Gulik. “Depth player. Smart, reliable, has some NHL experience. Can [play] up and down the lineup. Versatile.”
In five games with the Monarchs, Van der Gulik has two goals and a plus-two rating. More on his linemates and situational use will be learned at the Kings’ morning skate, which will take place at 11:00 a.m. local time at the Consol Energy Center.