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Kings Sign Rob Blake!

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with
unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Blake, it was announced today by Kings
President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.  Per club policy, terms of the agreement
were not announced. 

"Rob Blake is a special player and more importantly a special person," said
Lombardi.  "He belongs in a Kings uniform."

LOMBARDI AND BLAKE WILL BOTH BE AVAILABLE VIA TELECONFERENCE TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. (PT).
TO ACCESS THE CALL, DIAL 1-800-857-6553 (ASK FOR LA KINGS). 

The highest scoring defenseman in Kings' history, Blake, 36, was originally drafted
by the Kings (fourth-round/70th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.  The 6-2,
225-pound native of Simcoe, Ontario, spent 12 seasons in a Kings uniform during
which time he became the first King to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top
defenseman (1998) and served as the team's captain from 1996-2001.  He was also a
member of the 1993 Kings team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals.

This past season, Blake played in 81 regular season games with the Colorado
Avalanche and had 51 points (14-37=51), 94 penalty minutes, a plus-2 rating, seven
power-play goals, one short-handed goal, one game-winning goal and 264 shots, with
the 51 points topping all Colorado blueliners.  In nine post-season games, he had
four points (3-1=4), eight penalty minutes, a plus-1 rating, two power-play goals,
one game-winning goal and 42 shots.

In 984 career regular season games with the Avalanche and the Kings, Blake has 637
points (200-437=637) and 1,329 penalty minutes.  In 125 career playoff games with
the Avalanche and Kings, Blake has 67 points (24-43=67) and 152 penalty minutes.

Traded by the Kings to Colorado on February 21, 2001, with Steven Reinprecht for
Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin and a first-round draft choice in the 2001
NHL Entry Draft (David Steckel), Blake, with the Kings, was a four-time NHL All-Star
(1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000, when he was selected as a starter for the first time);
was named to the NHL All-Star First Team (1997-98) and the NHL All-Star Second Team
(1999-00); and was an NHL All-Rookie Selection (in 1990-91).

With the Avalanche, among Blake's many highlights were: A Stanley Cup victory in
2001; three All-Star Game appearances (2002, 2003 and 2004); and an NHL Second Team
All-Star selection in 2002.

On the Kings' all-time scoring list, Blake ranks first in goals (138), assists (291)
and points (429) among defensemen, and 10th overall in individual scoring.  His 291
assists rank eighth all-time while his 138 goals rank 13th overall. 

On the Kings' all-time top-10 list, Blake ranks sixth in games played (662), fourth
in penalty minutes (1,051) and sixth in power-play goals (76).  His 662 games played
was a franchise record for club defenseman before it was surpassed by Mattias
Norstrom on November 26, 2005.

On the Kings' all-time playoff list, Blake is tied for fifth in games played (57),
10th in all-time scoring with 24 points (8-16=24) and tied for 10th with 16 assists.
He co-holds the record for most goals by a defenseman in one playoff year (four in
1993), and he co-holds the record of most assists by a defenseman in one playoff
game (Kings versus Vancouver, April 10, 1991) with three, while the results of that
game also tied a record for most assists by a rookie in one playoff game.

Blake led all Kings defensemen in scoring six times (1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97,
1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-00).  He led all NHL defensemen in goals scored in 1997-98
with 23 goals, and in 1990-91 he led all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 46
points (12-34=46).  In 1999-00, his final full season as a King, Blake ranked third
in scoring among all defensemen with 57 points (18-39=57) and he was a finalist for
the Norris Trophy.  Blake also recorded his only career hat trick as a King on
December 14, 2000, versus the New York Rangers.

Blake has earned the following team awards as a King: Most Valuable Player - twice
(1997-98 and 1999-00); Outstanding Defenseman - six times (1990-91, 1991-92,
1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98 and 1999-00); Most Popular Player - once (1997-98); Most
Inspirational Player - once (1998-99); and Community Service - three times (1995-96,
1998-99 and 1999-00).

Blake made his NHL debut with the Kings on March 27, 1990, versus Winnipeg.  He
scored his first NHL goal in a playoff game on April 12, 1990, in Game 5 of a
first-round post-season series at Calgary.  Prior to joining the Kings, he was a
Hobey Baker Award finalist during his three-year tenure at Bowling Green University.

Internationally, Blake has represented his native Canada at numerous tournaments.
Among his highlights are: a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympic Games; named Top
Defenseman for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympic Games; and named Top Defenseman at
the 1997 World Championship.

Rob and his wife, Brandy, have two children, a son Jack and a daughter Brooke.  They
reside in Manhattan Beach. 

The following is a year-by-year look at Blake's NHL regular season career:
Season        Team        GP        G        A        P        +/-        PIM        PP        SH        GW        GT        Shots        Pct       
2005-2006        Avalanche         81        14        37        51        2        94        7        1        1        0        264        5.3       
2003-2004        Avalanche         74        13        33        46        6        61        8        0        3        0        242        5.4       
2002-2003        Avalanche         79        17        28        45        20        57        8        2        3        0        269        6.3       
2001-2002        Avalanche         75        16        40        56        16        58        10        0        2        0        229        7       
2000-2001        Avalanche         13        2        8        10        11        8        1        0        1        0        44        4.5       
2000-2001        Kings         54        17        32        49        -8        69        9        0        1        1        223        7.6       
1999-2000        Kings         77        18        39        57        10        112        12        0        5        0        327        5.5       
1998-1999        Kings         62        12        23        35        -7        128        5        1        2        0        216        5.6       
1997-1998        Kings         81        23        27        50        -3        94        11        0        4        0        261        8.8       
1996-1997        Kings         62        8        23        31        -28        82        4        0        1        0        169        4.7       
1995-1996        Kings         6        1        2        3        0        8        0        0        0        0        13        7.7       
1994-1995        Kings         24        4        7        11        -16        38        4        0        1        0        76        5.3       
1993-1994        Kings         84        20        48        68        -7        137        7        0        6        0        304        6.6       
1992-1993        Kings         76        16        43        59        18        152        10        0        4        1        243        6.6       
1991-1992        Kings         57        7        13        20        -5        102        5        0        0        0        131        5.3       
1990-1991        Kings         75        12        34        46        3        125        9        0        2        0        150        8       
1989-1990        Kings         4        0        0        0        0        4        0        0        0        0        3        0       
       
NHL Totals:                 984        200        437        637        12        1,329        110        4        36        2        3,164        6.3       

The following is a year-by-year look at Blake's NHL post-season career:
Season        Team        GP        G        A        P        +/-        PIM        PP        SH        GW        GT        Shots        Pct       
2005-2006        Avalanche         9        3        1        4        1        8        2        0        1        0        42        7.1       
2003-2004        Avalanche         9        0        5        5        0        6        0        0        0        0        17        0       
2002-2003        Avalanche         7        1        2        3        2        8        0        0        0        0        27        3.7       
2001-2002        Avalanche         20        6        6        12        -1        16        1        0        0        0        67        9       
2000-2001        Avalanche         23        6        13        19        6        16        3        0        0        0        83        7.2       
1999-2000        Kings         4        0        2        2        1        4        0        0        0        0        19        0       
1997-1998        Kings         4        0        0        0        -4        6        0        0        0        0        15        0       
1992-1993        Kings         23        4        6        10        3        46        1        1        0        0        60        6.7       
1991-1992        Kings         6        2        1        3        2        12        0        0        0        0        12        16.7       
1990-1991        Kings         12        1        4        5        -1        26        1        0        0        0        19        5.3       
1989-1990        Kings         8        1        3        4        -4        4        1        0        0        0        11        9.1       
       
NHL Totals:                 125        24        43        67        5        152        9        1        1        0        372        6.5