KINGS MAKE SPLASH IN FREE AGENT MARKET

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KINGS MAKE SPLASH IN FREE AGENT MARKET
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Blake, it was announced by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.

"Rob Blake is a special player and more importantly a special person," said Lombardi. "He belongs in a Kings uniform."

The highest scoring defenseman in Kings' history, Blake, 36, was originally drafted by the Kings (fourth-round/70th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-2, 225-pound native of Simcoe, Ontario, spent 12 seasons in a Kings uniform during which time he became the first King to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman (1998) and served as the team's captain from 1996-2001.




LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Scott Thornton, it was announced Saturday by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.

Thornton, 35, played with the San Jose Sharks for the past five NHL seasons. The 6-3, 225-pound native of London, Ontario, averaged more than 15 goals and nearly 30 points a season during his five-year tenure with the Sharks, setting career regular season highs for goals (26), game-winning goals (5), points (42) and plus/minus rating (plus-11) during the 2001-02 season.

"Scott brings grit, character and competitiveness to our team and a great veteran presence that we want our younger players to emulate," said Lombardi.

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Alyn McCauley, it was announced today by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.

McCauley, 29, recorded 26 points (12-14=26) and 30 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games with the San Jose Sharks this past season. Included in his totals were four power play goals, three game-winning goals and two shorthanded goals. He also appeared in six playoff games and had one assist.

"Alyn is a solid two-way hockey player whose competitiveness and leadership abilities makes him a good fit for our hockey club," said Lombardi.

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Brian Willsie, it was announced today by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Willsie, 28, recorded career highs for goals (19), assists (22), points (41) and penalty minutes (77) in a team-high 82 regular season games with the Washington Capitals this past season. In addition, the 6-1, 202-pound native of London, Ontario, finished second on his club with 185 shots while he was the only player with Washington to appear in every game this season.

"At 28 years of age, Brian has a lot of productive years ahead of him," said Lombardi. "He began his NHL career with Colorado, a winning organization, and he elevated his overall game while in Washington. We expect him to be a solid all-around player with us in Los Angeles and to provide a winning attitude and competitive nature. He is a very versatile player in that he can play both wing positions effectively, and he brings a good deal of experience with him as well."

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