Defenseman and captain Rob Blake said Sunday that he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause nor does he want to do so.
“I want to stay here and remain a King,” said the injured Blake, who was at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “I stressed that with them and talked about the plans of the Kings and the future and a lot of different things. That was it.”
Blake, out with a broken left ankle, has been the subject of trade speculation with the NHL’s trade deadline of Feb. 26 fast approaching.
He made his strongest comments, of late, about wanting to finish his playing career in Los Angeles. And he clearly would like to remain in the organization after that point, possibly in a front-office position.
“You’re going to read a lot of stuff,” Blake said. “Nothing has changed on my part. I expressed my feelings to stay here again and do what I wanted to do when I came here two years ago. . . . My goals have been, two years ago, to sign here, to finish here. And to do something here, and that hasn’t changed. If it takes two more years, three more years, or five years, I hope I’m involved somehow with that process.”
The flu bug continues to sweep through the team, hitting Kyle Calder, Anze Kopitar and goalie Dan Cloutier, among others. Calder, unlike Kopitar and Cloutier, was able to practice Sunday.
Cloutier was unable to continue after playing two periods in the loss to the Coyotes on Saturday, giving Jason LaBarbera what La Barbera called about “a minute and a half,” to get ready to go in.
“I knew he wasn’t feeling well, cramping a little bit,” LaBarbera said.
“I looked at him and he was as white as a ghost. . . . He went in the hallway and puked in a garbage can and I thought, ‘Oh, oh.’ ”
The heavily traveled route between Manchester and L.A. continued with the Kings bringing up forward Lauri Tukonen and sending down forward Brian Boyle.
vs. Phoenix, 7:30, FSN West
Radio -- 1150.
Site -- Staples Center.
Records -- Kings 25-33-3, Coyotes 30-25-4.
Record vs. Coyotes -- 0-5.
Update -- Saturday night’s victory against the Kings was Wayne Gretzky’s 99th as Coyotes coach. The Coyotes have 64 points, three points short of last year’s final total.