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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Tosses Ice Cold Water On Criticism Of New Assistant GM Rob Blake

ROB BLAKE NAMED ASSISTANT GM: Frozen Royalty continues its in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings naming their former superstar defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager. In this story, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi tells critics of Blake, and of his hiring, why their criticisms are unwarranted.


Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake was named as
the team’s assistant general manager on July 17, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — It did not take long for a very vocal segment of Los Angeles Kings fans to express their rather vehement opposition to any involvement with the franchise by former Kings defenseman Rob Blake, who they believe betrayed the organization back when he left team in 2001 due to a very bitter contract dispute.

Blake left the Kings on February 21, 2001, when he was traded, along with Steven Reinprecht, to the Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin), a first round selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, (David Steckel), and a first round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Brian Boyle).

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Former Kings Superstar Defenseman Rob Blake Joins LA Kings Braintrust As Assistant GM

ROB BLAKE NAMED ASSISTANT GM: Frozen Royalty brings you in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings naming their former superstar defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager, replacing Ron Hextall. For those who are critical of bringing Blake back into the fold, be sure to read the next story on Frozen Royalty, featuring Dean Lombardi explaining why the criticism is unwarranted.


Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake was named as the team’s assistant general manager on July 17, 2013.
(click above to view a larger image).
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LOS ANGELES — July 18 turned out to be a big news day for the Los Angeles Kings, who named former Kings defenseman Rob Blake as their assistant general manager, replacing Ron Hextall, who has accepted the assistant general manager position with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Kings also signed winger and captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year contract extension. A story on that, with comments from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, as well as from Brown, will be published later here on Frozen Royalty.

Blake played the majority of his National Hockey League career with the Kings, who selected him in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, beginning his NHL career with the Kings in the 1990-91 season.

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LA Kings 2010 1st Round Pick Derek Forbort Isn’t A Project Anymore

LA Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in June 2010, when the Los Angeles Kings used their first round pick (15th overall) to select defenseman Derek Forbort of the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program, they knew they were going to get a prospect who was a “project.”

“He’s clearly raw,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said about selecting Forbort in the 2010 draft. “He’s young. But when you get a defenseman with that size, that range, there’s a lot of upside. We really like where he’s going to be.”

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LA Kings Losing Scuderi, Richardson Shouldn’t Come As A Surprise

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENCY – DAY 1: After bidding farewell to Rob Scuderi and Brad Richardson, the Los Angeles Kings welcomed defenseman Jeff Schultz to the team, signing him to a one-year deal on Day 1 of unrestricted free agency.


LA Kings newly-acquired
defenseman Jeff Schultz
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LOS ANGELES — Day 1 of the feeding frenzy in the National Hockey League, otherwise known as unrestricted free agency, ended with what turned out to be a rather expected result for the Los Angeles Kings, who lost veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Rob Scuderi, after he signed a four-year contract valued at $13.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the end, family was the deciding factor for the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who will play his second stint with the Penguins, the team he won his first Stanley Cup with in 2009.

“Both [the Kings and the Penguins] have the ability to play deep into the spring,” Scuderi told the media during a conference call. “But Pittsburgh is much closer geographically to where I am from, and I thought at my age, I wasn’t going to get this opportunity again to pull the trigger on something like this.”

Scuderi is a native of Syosset, New York, and has many relatives who reside in New York.

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