Blake happy to stay in L.A.

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

One could almost see Rob Blake grimace when talking about the shots that broke his foot.

The Los Angeles Kings defenceman blocked a couple of Sheldon Souray's efforts in mid-January, which eventually led to his injury.

"He hit me twice early in the game," Blake said.

"The last one was just a wrister, but when it's from him it's a little harder than most guys.

"I ended up playing five or six games on it, but it kept getting worse and worse then we had it looked at and realized what it was."

Blake, 38, had fractured his foot and miss the previous 11 games for the Kings before returning to the lineup last night against the Oilers.

He had five goals and 21 assists in 53 games going into last night's contest.

"It's right above the skate, below the shin pad," he said.

"When you skate on it, the skate digs into it. That's where the painful part has been.

"The facture has healed. It's been six weeks since it happened and four since I've played on it."

Prior to the trade deadline, there was speculation Blake would be traded by the Kings to a Cup contender.

However, despite discussions to waive his no-trade clause, the veteran opted to reamin in Los Angeles.

"My choice all along was to remain in L.A.," he said.

"I came here for a reason, that was the choice I made two years ago and I wanted to stay with that.

"We have a great deal of young talent here and we have a direction we need to go, and I said a couple of years ago I wanted to be a part of that."

Unlike Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Blake was not heavily criticized for his decision to remain with the Kings.

Having been part of a deadline deal in the past, he can relate to Sundin's situation in Toronto.

"People are going to look on it any way they want," Blake said. "The fact is that if he has a no-trade, it was negotiated for whatever reason. For them to come and ask different things about it, sometimes players can get a little upset about things like that.

"In my case, I was willing to do whatever the franchise thought was the best thing and as it ended up, we ended up here."


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