Kings announce qualifying offers

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings sent qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents, including rookie left winger Dwight King, the team announced Wednesday.

The Kings brought up King from their AHL team in Manchester in early February, and he was a key to the team’s turnaround in the second half of the season and into the postseason. King moved from the second to the third line late in the opening-round series against the Vancouver Canucks and went on to contribute five goals and three assists in the final 13 playoff games.

In addition to King, the Kings sent qualifying offers to center Justin Azevedo, defenseman Andrew Campbell, defenseman Thomas Hickey, right winger Stefan Legein, left winger David Meckler and defenseman Jake Muzzin.

The Kings did not send a qualifying offer to left winger Ray Kaunisto, making him an unrestricted free agent.