PODCAST: Rob Blake on Eve of HHOF Induction

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Rob Blake, on the eve of his Hockey Hall of Fame induction, made sure to stop by MayorsManor for an extended lap around the rink. We covered every major story in his career and you’ll want to hear some of the things he shared. Among the highlights were – the truth behind what [...]

Blake and Murray on MM rankings and Kings top prospects

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As we try to do every year after posting the MayorsManor rankings of the top 10 prospects in the Kings organization, we attempt to loop back with several people in Dean Lombardi’s inner circle for some additional feedback on a few of the key players mentioned.
Last week, Kings assistant GM Rob Blake talked at length [...]

Draft 2014 Recap: Michael Futa Conference Call

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After the draft concluded, Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel had a press conference over the phone with reporters.
Q: You went pretty heavy on defense early today, is this by design?
It was by design to a certain extent. I mean, we were certain that the best player were were looking [...]

Kings to interview top candidate for Machester head coach

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So the Kings won the Stanley Cup, and everybody went on vacation, right?
Not so fast.
As if the organization doesn’t have enough on its plate of late – like getting new long-term contracts done for Matt Greene and Marian Gaborik – there is at least one other pressing item heating up on what should be an [...]

West Coast Bias on NHL Radio live from Game 1 with Blake and Grimson

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Guests Stu Grimson and Jason Blake joined us for the May 3, 2014 edition of West Coast Bias on NHL Network Radio, live from the Honda Center following Game 1 between the Kings and Ducks. Both former players are among a group of 27 guys who have played for both of the NHL’s two Southern [...]

Monarchs coach singing the praises of Kings top prospects

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On Wednesday afternoon, Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris was a guest on NHL Network Radio with host Scott Laughlin. During the course of the conversation, Morris had plenty to say about the Kings top prospects, both the players currently with the big club and several of the stars-in-waiting down in the AHL. Here’s a transcript [...]

AUDIO: Guest spot on Sportsnet – talking Brown, Blake and more

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On Thursday afternoon I was once again a guest on Sportsnet radio in Calgary. We talked about all the latest news surrounding the LA Kings – including Dustin Brown’s contract extension, Ron Hextall leaving for Philadelphia, the hiring of Rob Blake, who will coach Manchester next season, prospects on the rise, adding Dan Carcillo, [...]

Lombardi responds to anybody critical of Rob Blake hiring

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During today’s conference calls with Dean Lombardi and Rob Blake, neither man shied away from the fact that some Kings fans – albeit, a small vocal group – may not like the hiring of the future Hall of Fame Player.
Despite a long list of credentials, including being the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, [...]

Dean Lombardi on how and why he hired Rob Blake

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We’ve already posted Rob Blake’s full comments from this morning’s media conference call. Now, here’s what Dean Lombardi had to say about his new Assistant GM…
– On what made Blake the right guy for the job:
“There’s a number of things. First and foremost though, I think that this job entails so much more than generally [...]

Rob Blake – hoping third time is a charm, ready for new chapter

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Below are the full comments from Rob Blake’s call with the media earlier today, following the announcement that he’d been hired as the LA Kings new Assistant General Manager…
[note: There is a small portion, maybe less than one minute, missing from his opening remarks. We'll fix it later this afternoon.]
– Opening comments: “On a nightly [...]