Blake inks two-year deal with Kings

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Rob Blake is returning to where his career began.

The 16-year veteran signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Los Angels Kings.

Blake, 36, has spent the last four-plus seasons with Colorado, helping the team win its second Stanley Cup in 2001.

In 81 games with the Avalanche last season, he had 14 goals and 51 assists.

20 Responses to Blake inks two-year deal with Kings

  1. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    While JFJ is pissing away 7.1 a year on Hal Gill and Pavel Kubina…

  2. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Leetch is still out there…..

    I wouldn’t have spent 6 mil per for Blake, he’s 36 and his best years are behind him, for the money the Leafs spent today they just bolstered their blueline big time.

    The Leafs may have one of the best blue lines in the conference after all is said and done.

  3. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Not shocked at all, its always fun to go home again.

  4. a99tobe says:

    YES!!!! I am a huge Kings fan and I am so excited to have Blake back. I was really upset when the Kings went from almost having Chara to having him sign with the Bruins in like 5 seconds, but now I couldn’t behappier. When I think about it we basically just got a former King who can still hit and can score as good if not better than Chara plus we save an extra 1.5 million a year.

    Thanks Dean Lombardi, all we need now is Elias and a #1 goalie and we are set.

  5. BosBrn77 says:

    Kubina was a good pick up, but Gill won’t bolster anything but fustration!! Just hope he plays with McCabe, Kaberle, or Kubina so they can cover his mistakes!!

  6. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    lol the guy said blakes best years are behind him. you didnt see him play after the all star break then did ya?

  7. habs_punk says:

    With $17M committed now to 4 defensemen, I don’t see JFJ bringing in any more big name dmen. And although their D is improved, I still don’t think they’re one of the best in the conference. I don’t know much about Kubina, but his numbers imply he isn’t that great defensively, another McCabe with less offense it seems to me. And from what Bruins fans have been saying, Gill doesn’t sound like he’s very well-suited to the new NHL, just a very large pylon. I could be wrong, but isn’t Kubina making more than Kaberle with this new deal? That would mean the Leafs best defenseman is getting paid as if he were the team’s number three defenseman.

    Who knows, it could all work out for you, but honestly the Leafs still don’t worry me very much.

  8. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    there must be a reason why Gill went for 2.3 mil instead of 1.3, other teams wanted him, not for his offensive prowess but for his size and physical nature. he was a -4 on a terrible team, if he can be insulated i’m sure he will be a decent serviceable defensive physical defenseman.

  9. big_booty says:

    I don’t know what Lombardi is thinking.

    Blake is horrible in his own end and famous for coughing up the puck in the corners under the faintest amount of pressure. He’s also quite old and, apparently, very expensive.

    He’s not what the Kings need.

  10. FlyersfanKyle says:

    Philly’s Gonna have a go d i think but the need to rid them selves of Hatcher and Rathje. then they would have Joni Pitkanen Lars Jonnson Nolan Baumgartner Dennis Gautheir. then they could add Kuba or Salei

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Then who will cover up their mistakes????

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Gauthier is a cheap shotting little bastard!

  13. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Everything is always negative when you’re a cheesey habs fan that hates the leafs isn’t it?

  14. BosBrn77 says:

    That is just it, Gill does not play up to his size. He is not even close to a physical defenseman. As for what he was paid….. sounds like a lot of teams are over paying a little.

    I honestly wish you luck.

  15. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    hmmmmmmmmmm soo why was he ranked as one of the best defenseman(by man newspapers and sports casters) after the olympic break? ya a good solid veteran presence you dont need that on any team.

  16. wingerxxx says:

    Once Blake got going in the second half of the year, he was one of the better defensemen in the league. He was terrible in the first half of the season, but he was a different player after the Olympics. He needed his adjustment period to the new style of play. Once they started leaning on him on the PK, he started to respond.

    It looks like he is back to finish his career in LA. The Leopold trade was definitely done in necessity in hindsight since it doesn’t look like Colorado thought they could resign him. Leopold is a nice defenseman, and I think he will get better as he matures, but Blake is a big loss for them. He was their impact blueliner. I think he’ll look better next year alongside his old cover man, Norstrom.

  17. wingerxxx says:

    The Blake of the second half of last year would be worth 6 mils a year. Playing with Norstrom next year will really help him. Leetch is going to be asking more than the Leafs can give him. And he is breaking down. Their top 4 is fine right now as it is.

  18. Doctor says:

    it’s crazy, but you’re wrong- blake is intelligent and physically superior to the majority of the nhl. he’s in his prime.

  19. captainjoefish says:

    ha ha hal gill is gone

    ha ha physical defenseman boy if leaf fans think gill will be physical they are in for a suprise

    his size means nothing because he does not use it

    leaf fans have fun with gill

  20. Lazarus says:

    i guess we shouldn’t boo him whenever he touches the puck when he plays in LA now…………

    glad to have him back, a litte more veteran prescence on the blueline will help bring along our younger players

    things are finally looking up

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