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KINGS RECALL CLOUTIER; PLACE BLAKE ON IR

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) and placed defenseman Rob Blake on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.

Cloutier, 31, has played in 14 games with the Monarchs this season and he has a record of 4-9-0, a goals-against average of 3.50 and a save-percentage of .869. He has not played with the Kings this season. Cloutier, a 6-1, 195-pound native of Mont-Laurier, Quebec, was originally selected by the New York Rangers in the first-round (26th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and acquired by the Kings from Vancouver for a second-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on July 5, 2006. He has a record of 137-138-36, a goals-against-average of 2.75 and a save-percentage of .899 in 342 career NHL games with the Kings, Vancouver, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.

Blake, 38, serves as captain and has 26 points (5-21=26) and 80 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Kings this season. The Kings originally selected the 6-4, 225-pound native of Simcoe, Ontario, in the fourth-round (70th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Blake has appeared in more games (787), scored more goals (157), accrued more assists (332) and collected more points (489) than any other defenseman in franchise history. In addition, his games played total ranks fourth overall, and his totals for all-time assists and all-time points each rank seventh overall in franchise history. Blake is the NHL’s active leader among defensemen with 219 goals. He has 697 points (219-478=697) and 1,491 penalty minutes in 1,109 career NHL games with the Kings and Colorado.

The Kings continue their season-high eight-game road trip today, Thursday, against Detroit at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The game will air on FSN West, KTLK AM 1150 and on the Kings Radio Network.

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