Kings sign GM Blake to 3-year extension

Posted: 19/05/2022 in NHL
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The Los Angeles Kings have signed general manager Rob Blake to a three-year contract extension, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Blake’s current contract was set to expire June 30, and an official announcement on the new deal is expected in the coming weeks, LeBrun added.

After a 20-year playing career – which included 14 seasons with the Kings – landed Blake in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he joined Los Angeles’ front office as vice president of hockey operations and AGM in 2013 before he was promoted to GM in 2017.

In his first few years on the job, Blake traded plenty of veteran players to acquire draft picks, and the Kings now boast one of the deepest prospect pipelines in the NHL. Los Angeles has picked three times in the top 10 since Blake took over.

Other notable moves in Blake’s tenure include signing Phillip Danault in free agency and trading for Viktor Arvidsson last summer, as well as signing franchise icon Drew Doughty to an eight-year, $88-million extension in 2018.

The Kings qualified for the playoffs this season for the first time since 2018 but bowed out in seven games to the Edmonton Oilers in Round 1.

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