Kings sign C Conroy away from Flames

Updated: July 6, 2004, 7:24 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES - A month after helping the Calgary Flames reach the Stanley Cup Finals, free agent center Craig Conroy on Tuesday signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Conroy, 32, led the Flames with 39 assists last season, despite missing 19 games due to a sprained knee. He scored eight goals in 63 games, then was second on the team in playoff scoring with six goals and 11 assists in 26 games.

"Craig has proven to be one of the top two-way centers in the game and we are real excited to bring him to the Kings," Los Angeles general manager Dave Taylor said. "He has real strong character, solid leadership skills and he has proven to be a clutch playoff performer."

A New York native, Conroy is a member of the United States team that will play later this summer at the World Cup of Hockey. The two-time Selke Trophy finalist also has played for Montreal and St. Louis and has 118 goals and 222 assists in 609 NHL games.

"I'm extremely excited to be an LA King," Conroy said. "I feel the Kings are committed to winning and I am excited about the direction they are heading."

The addition of Conroy follows the loss of star forwards Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh, who missed all of last season while recovering from head injuries and were allowed to become unrestricted free agents.

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