By Allan Muir
Los Angeles Kings fans can finally cheer Rob Blake again.
At least, they can stop booing him.
Blake, who played 14 seasons with the Kings, was named assistant general manager today by Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi. He’ll assume the role vacated earlier in the week when Ron Hextall made a lateral move to Philadelphia.
Though homecomings are usually warmly welcomed, there’s no telling how this will go over in SoCal. Blake won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 1998 and served as captain from 1996-2001. But he became a whipping boy for the fans when he was dealt as a pending free agent to Colorado in 2001 and was heckled the rest of his career…even when he returned to L.A. for a two-year stint from 2006-08.