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The Royal Half:
It looks like the Los Angeles Kings take Throwback Thursday way more seriously than I do.
Rob Blake on media call talking about his new job with the Kings ... pic.twitter.com/2qL7WNnutX
— LA Kings (@LAKings) July 18, 2013
That's right, former LA Kings defenseman, Rob Blake, was announced as the new Assistant GM for the LA Kings today. Now, you can listen to my thoughts on this move on the last episode of All The Kings Men Podcast... but I think there are a lot of LA Kings fans out there that would rather remember Rob Blake as this...
... instead of this:
Again... I have no issue with this move for the Los Angeles Kings. In fact, it just shows how much Dean Lombardi is truly in charge of this franchise... and will be for a long time. (Rob Blake ain't replacing anyone anytime soon.) Dean Lombardi is a man who respects the culture and legacy of a NHL franchise... someone who feels like the elite players from an organization's history should be embraced and showcased. Anyone remember who carried the Stanley Cup Banner out on the ice for the team last January?
Another big reason for this move has to come from Rob Blake's former teammate and current LA Kings President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. LA Kings fans need to slowly accept the reality that one day Rob Blake's jersey will hang from the Staples rafters. Bringing Blake into the management fold helps that transition for the fanbase and gives Rob Blake the opportunity to learn on the job from some of the best in the business... before he leaves to become the San Jose Sharks GM.
Everyone knows that after he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche, Rob Blake was booed mercilessly by LA Kings fans each time he played in front of them. But what a lot of people don't know is that during the back half of a Home & Home series between the LA Kings and Avalanche on January 28th of 2002, fans in Denver decided to show Rob Blake just what they thought of him:
And a few weeks later, on March 9th, 2002... Rob Blake talked about how great it is for a player to be with one team for his entire career.
But the most depressing LA Kings-related Rob Blake video of all?
... the one that shows how set for the next few years
the LA Kings will be after trading Rob Blake.
My biggest concern with Rob Blake becoming the Assistant GM for the LA Kings is that his name is synonymous with one word when it comes to LA Kings history...
Let's just agree that this is how we'll always remember Rob Blake as a LA King...
... delivering so many illegal hits.
Well, at least Rob Blake was the only former LA Kings defenseman to make headlines on this Throwback Thursday.
GM Craig MacTavish announces the #Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Denis Grebeshkov on a one-year contract.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 18, 2013
Thrilled to be with the #isles for 2 more seasons!!
— Thomas Hickey (@thomas_hickey14) July 18, 2013
I said "headlines."
And when it comes to Throwback Thursday... former teammate of Rob Blake, Bernie Nicholls, has a completely different understanding of what it means.
Unloading a truck load of hay in 90 degree heat, fun day pic.twitter.com/BtA8UpGKYV
— Bernie Nicholls (@bernienicholls9) July 18, 2013
More like Throw Hay Thursday, am I right?!?
Rob Blake and Bernie Nicholls have taken very different post-retirement career paths.
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Former Los Angeles Kings captain and defenseman Rob Blake as been named the clubs assistant general manager, Kings presidentgeneral manager Dean Lombardi announced on Thursday.
Blake, the Kings' all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman, replaces Ron Hextall, who left the Kings to take a front-office position with Philadelphia. Blake has spent...
The Los Angeles Kings have locked up their future as the team has announced that captain Dustin Brown agreed to an eight-year extension.
Brown will remain a King through the 2021-22 season, Kings presidentgeneral manager Dean Lombardi said on Thursday. No terms were disclosed, but according to multiple reports, the deal is worth 47 million.
"Every facet of where a player wants...
The Kings have locked up their future.
On the same day the Kings announced Rob Blake as assistant GM, the team locked up captain Dustin Brown with an eight-year extension.
Brown will remain a King through the 2021-22 season, Kings presidentgeneral manager Dean Lombardi announced on Thursday.
Brown, 28, has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings and became the first...
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brown that will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season.
Brown had one year left on his current deal. He joins nine other Kings who have been signed to long-term deals, including Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll.
The Kings also announced Thursday...
Dustin Brown, the first ever L.A. King to touch the Stanley Cup, has signed an 8-year, $46M extension with the organization. Before the Kings cup victory in 2012, rumors were flying about the Kings potentially looking to trade their captain, but today those rumors can officially be put to rest. Brown, 28, has spent his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings and was the youngest...
Itâs a funny thing. Of all that transpires in an offseason, the trades, the signings, the buyouts and the long-awaited schedule emergence...the thing that has made some King fans fly off the handle the most is the replacement of Assistant GM Ron Hextall with former King defenseman and Department of Player Safety staff member Rob Blake.
Much of the vitriol by fans stems from...
Rumors everywhere this morning that Kings forward Kyle Clifford is being dealt to the Oilers. I read one site that suggests the return could be prospects Tyler Pitlick + Mitchell Moroz.
The deal has yet to be officially announced, and some are suggesting Kings people are the ones spreading the rumor in hopes that teams will hear it and offer greater counter-offers. Quite possible...
Man, I'm glad the Los Angeles Kings are doing all sorts of crazy things this summer... because it's actually giving us something to talk about on a brand-new Edition of All The Kings Men Podcast!!! Jesse Cohen and I chat with Hockey Insider Keith Korneluk from KingsCast about everything from Dan Carcillo's nickname to Rob Blake's return to who is going...
Days after losing Ron Hextall from their front office, The Los Angeles Kings reacted by making two moves to stabilize the franchise for the years ahead. First, the club announced the signing of team captain Dustin Brown to an eight year contract extension that will keep him in a Kings uniform through the 2021-22 season.
Second, former Kings standout defenseman Rob Blake was named...
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings announced their preseason schedule for the 2013-14 NHL season. The Kings are currently scheduled to play seven preseason games -- including two at Staples Center on Sept. 15 versus the Phoenix Coyotes and Sept. 24 versus the Anaheim Ducks.
In addition to the two home games at STAPLES Center, the Kings will host the New York Rangers (September 27...
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have announced an eight year contract extension with team captain Dustin Brown, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Brown, who has one year left on his current deal, will remain a King through the 2021-22 season.
Dustin Brown has agreed to an eight-year extension with the #LAKings with an AAV of a little...
Dustin Brown will remain a King until 2022. Photo: Christine Cotter, L.A. Times
Rejoice, Kings fans. The man who captained your team to their only Stanley Cup will now remain in Los Angeles until 2022. Dustin Brown, who had one year left on his current deal, inked an eight-year extension with the Kings today. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.
The No. 13 pick in the 2003 NHL...
The Los Angeles Kings have announced an eight year contract extension with team captain Dustin Brown, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Brown, who has one year left on his current deal, will remain a King through the 2021-22 season.
Brown, 28, has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings and became the first player in team history to hoist...
The man who led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup is going to have a lot of years to try to lead them to more. It was announced today that the Kings had signed captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year contract extension worth $47 million. As far as the salary cap goes, that’s a cap hit of $5.875 million. [...]