Kings GM Lombardi bites Sharks, takes McCauley

Updated: July 2, 2006, 5:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

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.

Center
San Jose Sharks

Profile
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
76 12 14 26 -3 30

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.