February 7, 2011 |
In its eagerness to develop a following in Europe, the NHL overlooked an audience closer to home: its Western Conference. Western teams routinely jump time zones on winding trips and are stuck with less experienced referees working their games. NHL executives often attend games in the East but rarely venture past the Hudson River. Players feel overlooked by fans, league officials and the media. Former Kings defenseman Rob Blake, the NHL's new hockey operations manager, can't change all of that.
October 29, 2010 |
Mattias Norstrom thought he had left hockey behind when he retired in 2008 and went home to Stockholm, where he joined two friends in starting a business that insures Swedish athletes and artists. But hockey won't let go of Norstrom. It maintains an unbreakable hold through the many friends he made during a solid career that included 11-plus seasons with the Kings and the distinction of being the first European-born player to serve as their captain. Norstrom, 38, made a tentative return to the game in February as an assistant coach of Team Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics.
October 6, 2009 |
Rob Blake was frustrated after the top-seeded San Jose Sharks were upset by the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs last spring. The way he and his teammates are handling it suggests they're ready to shed the tag of being postseason flops. "The anger part is going to be there, but this falls directly on our shoulders," the veteran defenseman said Monday before the Sharks flew to Los Angeles to face the Kings tonight at Staples Center. "It's not often you play on a Presidents' trophy team.
April 23, 2009 |
When the Sharks signed Rob Blake as a free agent and acquired Dan Boyle in a trade with Tampa Bay in July they gained more than Stanley Cup championship experience. They added possibilities to their offense and depth to their defense, following the example of -- yes -- the Ducks, in theory if not in exact practice. The Ducks' 2007 championship team is remembered well for its toughness and not well enough for a formidable defense led by Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin.
February 27, 2008 |
Spring cleaning did not come early for the Kings, who took only limited action before Tuesday's NHL trade deadline. One defenseman, captain Rob Blake stayed, and another, the reliable Brad Stuart, was moved to the Detroit Red Wings for two draft picks, a second-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2009. Stuart is projected to be a "perfect No. 4" defenseman, according to Detroit General Manager Ken Holland. Additionally, Kings goaltender J.S. Aubin, who is in the minors at Manchester, N.H.
February 18, 2008 |
Defenseman and captain Rob Blake said Sunday that he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause nor does he want to do so. "I want to stay here and remain a King," said the injured Blake, who was at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. "I stressed that with them and talked about the plans of the Kings and the future and a lot of different things. That was it." Blake, out with a broken left ankle, has been the subject of trade speculation with the NHL's trade deadline of Feb.
February 3, 2008 |
Kings defenseman and captain Rob Blake will be out for at least two weeks because of a broken left ankle, which occurred when he blocked a shot at Edmonton on Jan. 15. Blake played six more games with the injury and an MRI on Friday revealed he had a non-displaced fracture, team officials said Saturday. Other previous tests did not show the fracture, Kings Coach Marc Crawford said.
January 14, 2008 |
If the NHL had an award for the league's best second-year player, Anze Kopitar probably would be on the ballot. Kopitar, 20, showed his skills again Saturday afternoon against the Dallas Stars, scoring a third-period goal and in the shootout to help the Kings to a 4-3 victory at Staples Center. The goal in regulation was his 18th of the season, increasing his team-leading point total to 42.
December 12, 2007 |
CHICAGO -- When the captain got edgy and ornery -- after all, Rob Blake did turn 38 on Monday -- it's almost as though his Kings teammates fell into line and turned physical. "We've hit a lot lately," goalie J.S. Aubin said. "When we hit in the first period, that set the tone." He was talking Monday after the Kings' 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center.
October 25, 2007 |
Rob Blake, two months from his 38th birthday and still regaining his timing and touch after hip surgery last spring, won't be part of the Kings' future. But he can see it every day across his breakfast table and know that his influence will resonate long after he delivers his last teeth-rattling check. Blake, the Kings' captain, now measures his career in months, not years.