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Rob Blake to replace Hextall as Assistant GM
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07-17-2013, 11:52 AM
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I think this move shows a lot of disrespect to the Kings most loyal and knowledgeable customers. What does this move say to the honorable men that have busted their ass for Dean since he took the GM job in LA?
Blake has zero experience and has paid no dues. He has not earned this position. This is not the new culture or this organization, but rather a return to the old BS we were fed for years and years. I don't know what the f is going on, but Hextall's hunch or feeling looks pretty right on today.
This is a total slap in the face to long time and loyal fans, and like you said in even bigger FU to a guy like Futa who deserves this gig a lot more than Blake.
I have in the past had many reservations with what Lombardi has done, but I always said he seemed like a very smart and savvy guy (maybe to a fault), he was given a lot of grief for bringing back Blake in 2006, and it pretty much blew up in his face and the critics were proven right. It's shocking they would do this again.
And as for Blake and his lack of mentorship in his second go around, it's all pretty much true. Rob was more interested in surfing and volleyball than being any kind of mentor. The veteran who was most willing to show the young d-man the ropes on and off the ice was Jaroslsv Modry. Blake was never a leader and will not go the extra mile to develop young players.
I'm sorry but this just sucks the more I think of it, and it almost surely means #4 will eventually be retired. I hope everyone who is there, especially the people who were fans before 2012 let him know how they really feel, who cares what the national media thinks, Teflon Rob deserves every booo.
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