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Kings waive former Shark winger Devin Setoguchi

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Here’s to hoping Seto gets a look elsewhere.

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The Kings placed Devin Setoguchi on waivers Sunday, ending what has been one of the nicer stories of the 2016-17 season. Setoguchi has 12 points in 45 games in a comeback season that saw him rebound from personal lows to get back into the NHL. If he isn’t claimed, he’ll report to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.

A points-per-game mark of 0.27 isn’t anything to write home about (he posted a 0.36 mark in his last full season in Winnipeg in 2013-14) but it’s surprising to see Setoguchi waived given some of the other forwards on the Kings’ roster. Here’s a list of Los Angeles forwards with the same number or fewer points than Setoguchi who have played at least 200 minutes:

  • Dwight King (12 points, 831 minutes)
  • Kyle Clifford (10 points, 526 minutes)
  • Nick Shore (nine points, 674 minutes)
  • Jordan Nolan (five points, 451 minutes)
  • Andy Andreoff (two points, 260 minutes)

Nolan is on IR, while Kyle Clifford and Dwight King both make far too much money to be waiver candidates but Andy ANdreoff and Nick have no such excuse. Yes, Andreoff has played fewer minutes than anyone else on the list (Setoguchi has played 558) but he’s also scored so few points that it’s absolutely baffling to see him in the lineup.

Listen, I’m all for the Kings choosing to make their team worse, but it’s a shame to see a guy like Seto get sent packing. I hope he gets picked up ... preferably by a team we find a lot more palatable.