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Kings' Blake wants to stay in Los Angeles

TSN.ca Staff

2/18/2008 10:16:03 AM

It looks like Los Angeles Kings defenceman Rob Blake's name can be taken off the trade market.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 38-year old, who will be a free agent on July 1 does not want to waive his no trade clause and has not been asked by the team to do so.

"I want to stay here and remain a King," said Blake told the Times. "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 is currently on injured reserve with a left broken ankle.  He is expected to be healthy by the February 26th trade deadline, and many teams were reportedly interested in his services.

Blake not only seemingly wants to finish his playing career with the Kings, but he clearly wants to stay with the club when he's done playing.

"You're going to read a lot of stuff," Blake said to the Times. "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."

Blake has five goals and 21 assists in 53 games this season.