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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rob Blake stays in the BoC

Well, I have no idea how this affects the Dan Boyle fiasco, but apparently the Sharks have signed Rob Blake to 1 year, $5 million deal.

1 year doesn't mean getting Boyle is out of the question, as Boyle has a long long long deal. We'll see.

Update 3:17 PM: How am I supposed to write boring articles about closet door installation and freight payment systems when all this craziness is going on? The San Jose Mercury News' Dave Pollack confirms that the Sharks are still in the Boyle hunt despite the cap hit from Blake. How many Kings fans will drive up Highway 5 just to boo Blake at the Shark Tank?

17 comments:

RudyKelly said...

Uh oh.

Earl Sleek said...

Even from the Anaheim perspective, Stunned.

Alexander Dubcek said...

And to think, if Blake wasn't such an asshole, you guys could've had him for Nabokov a couple of years ago.

I will now go hit myself over the head with a mallet. Repeatedly.

Mike in OC said...

Help me out here Kings fans, did he screw the team over?

Couldn't they have traded him at the deadline for picks if he waived the NTC but did not because he said he was returning to the Kings?

Should I hate him now...

Anonymous said...

Blake is gonna get fucked twelve times a year split between Pronger and Brown.

Mike said...

Good news for Ducks and Kings fans- I think this means the Sharks can't get Boyle.

Anonymous said...

Wowza, should LA be looking at Khabibulin now since they don't have to worry with Blake's money anymore?

Mike Chen said...

Re: Boyle, Sharks source told Dave Pollack (SJ Merc) that this does not affect the Boyle pursuit.

Daniel said...

He sure loves to get booed in LA doesn't he. I think the only worse option would have been to sign with Anaheim for the league minimum.

Earl Sleek said...

Well, if somehow both Sharks and Kings fans feel nervous about this signing, then I guess I feel like a winner! Hoorah!

Mike said...

True, that's what they 'said'. To me it seems like Blake was the backup plan. All hope isn't lost, but I think it's a signal that it's a hell of a lot less likely.

Mike said...

Am I talking out of my ass? Of course. 'Baseless Speculation' is my middle name. Weird, I know, but my parents were hippies.

Alexander Dubcek said...

As I recall Rich Hammond and others reporting it (and my memory is getting faulty as I creep toward my late 20s here, so I could be wrong), Blake had said he'd only go to Colorado or San Jose, which hamstrung Lombardi. But despite that, I think there were rumors (don't know if they were ever substantiated) that Colorado offered the Kings the same deal they gave Columbus for Adam Foote (a first-rounder in this year's draft), but Blake refused to waive his no-trade clause.

And this was after the rumors from 2007, when Lombardi supposedly had a deal to send Blake to San Jose for Nabokov, only Blake would waive his NTC then, either, so San Jose got to hang on to a future Vezina finalist and still wound up getting to overpay Rob Blake a year and a half later.

For all Rob Blake's talk about wanting to retire as a King and the speculation he's trying to secure a front-office job with the team in retirement, he sure does seem stunningly indifferent to the fortunes of the franchise. Sure, it could just be he has personal reasons for it, and he's within his latitude not to waive the NTC he got.

But, yes, he's screwed the Kings over more times than I can count.

Mike in OC said...

Wow, Maybe he was pissed about what they did to Lubo.

should LA be looking at Khabibulin now since they don't have to worry with Blake's money anymore?

According to NHLnumbers
http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?season=0809

The Kings have to spend 12.3 million more to hit the cap floor. They show LA as last place in salary CAP money. They might have problems hitting the floor.

Earl Sleek said...

The Kings have to spend 12.3 million more to hit the cap floor.

Schneider! Schneider!

JordanDC said...

Well, Khabi's 6.5 million+ will be a great start toward that floor!

Mike said...

Good thing about the floor is the NHL will just fine you for whatever money you're under the floor. Between the Bulin Wall, Schneider, and the 4 years, $20 million dollar deal for Jaroslav Modry, you guys'll be fine.

Fine in the worst possible sense, of course.