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Kings GM Lombardi bites Sharks, takes McCauley

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean
Lombardi continued to raid his former team Sunday, agreeing to
terms with center Alyn McCauley on a three-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but McCauley made $1.083
million last season with San Jose, where Lombardi spent 13 years
-- including seven as GM -- before serving as a scout for
Philadelphia the last two campaigns. Lombardi was named GM of
Los Angeles on April 21.

On Saturday, the first day of free agency in the NHL, Lombardi
brought over left wing Scott Thornton from the Sharks. He added
another former San Jose player Sunday in McCauley, who recorded
career highs of 20 goals, 27 assists and 47 points in 2003-04
with the Sharks.

"Alyn is a solid, two-way player whose competitiveness and
leadership abilities make him a good fit for our hockey club,"
Lombardi said.

"I was impressed with how the Kings organization, Dean Lombardi
and [coach] Marc Crawford in particular, pursued me," McCauley
said. "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."

In 2005-06, McCauley scored 12 goals and 26 points in 76 games
with San Jose. The 29-year-old also was a finalist for the
Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.

A fourth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 1995, McCauley
has collected 68 goals and 97 assists in 478 career games with
the Toronto Maple Leafs and Sharks.

It was the third free-agent acquisition for Los Angeles in two
days after they brought back star defenseman Rob Blake on Saturday
night and signed forward Scott Thornton -- McCauley's teammate with
the Sharks.

Blake, 36, became the highest scoring defenseman in Kings
history during a 12-season stint that ended with his trade to
Colorado in 2001. He was lured away from the Colorado Avalanche
with a two-year deal worth $12 million.

The 35-year-old Thornton also signed a two-year contract, worth
$3 million.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.