Blake On Trading Block?

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The contract negotiations between the Los Angeles Kings and star defenseman Rob Blake have reportedly broken down and the Norris trophy winner might be traded.

"It's just not going to get done," Blake said. "We've been talking the past few days and it's not close. The trade is going to happen now, not later. They have to get something for me. It's not a case of saying this to get a reaction from them, I'm saying it because it is going to happen."

Blake, 31, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and could sign with any team without the Kings getting any compensation.

Blake is one of the top defensemen in the NHL and will want something in the ballpark of Chris Pronger's three-year contract for $27.5 million which was signed in October. Toronto, Philadelphia and NY Rangers have been reported to be very interested in Blake.

"We really thought something was going to happen in the past few days," Blake said. "No one wants to wait until the trade deadline [March 15] to get a deal done. But now there is no turning back. They've said what they have to say."

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