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Thursday, February 7, 2008
Kings put Blake on IR with ankle injury, call up Cloutier

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Rob Blake on injured reserve with an ankle injury Thursday, and recalled goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Blake, 38, is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks. Tests last Friday revealed he had a non-displaced fracture of the left ankle, and he returned to Los Angeles from the Kings' eight-game road trip for treatment. The team said he was injured blocking a shot in a game Jan. 15. He played the next six games before the injury was diagnosed.

Blake, the team captain, has five goals and 21 assists in 53 games. He has appeared in more games (787), scored more goals (157), has more assists (332) and collected more points (489) than any other defenseman in franchise history.

He has 219 goals and 478 assists in 1,109 career games with the Kings and Colorado.

Cloutier, 31, was 4-9 with a 3.50 goals-against average in 14 games with the Monarchs this season. He has a 137-138-36 record and a 2.75 goals-against average in 342 NHL games with the Kings, Vancouver, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.