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Kings' Oscar Moller to play in Sweden

Oscer Kings forward Oscar Moller, a restricted free agent, is expected to return to his native Sweden to play in the Elite League next season but the Kings will retain his NHL rights.

General Manager Dean Lombardi said the move was Moller’s choice. The fleet but small winger — he’s listed at 5 feet 10 and 189 pounds — played only 13 games during the season and only one playoff game. He acquitted himself well while filling in for the suspended Jarret Stoll in the second game of the Kings’ playoff series against San Jose but didn’t get another chance to play.

His fatal flaw apparently is his size, at least in the eyes of Lombardi and Coach Terry Murray. Moller has skill and his speed is an element Kings forwards sorely lack, but he couldn’t win a regular spot. And he has little to prove in the American Hockey League after scoring 23 goals and 50 points in 59 games with the Kings’ Manchester farm team last season.

“It is a chance for him to mature more physically. He still has a young body,” Lombardi said via email.

But not a big enough body for the Kings, it seems. Too bad.

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--Helene Elliott

Photo: Oscar Moller. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

Kings hope for winning performance from Oscar Moller

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Kings Coach Terry Murray was asked Thursday morning what he has said to Oscar Moller since the Swedish forward was recalled from the minor leagues Wednesday.

Murray didn’t give an exact recap other than to say they reviewed basic stuff, but Murray undoubtedly uttered the words “score some goals” at some point. Maybe more than once.

Murray said Moller, who was summoned on an emergency basis after Justin Williams suffered a dislocated shoulder, will get some power-play time against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Staples Center in addition to playing regular shifts on the right side on the top line with Dustin Penner and Anze Kopitar.

“He knows what’s at stake and what the opportunity is for him,” Murray said. “This is a great situation for him to come up at a time of the year like this and fit on a top line and be an important player. It’s his third, fourth recall and we’ll be watching his performance. This is important for him.”

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