Kings put Blake on IR with ankle injury, call up Cloutier

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.