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Long Island, NY • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
As recently reported per TSN, Blake is open to the possibility of being traded this summer.

There's no question that the Leafs had a very poor season and have spent too much money on players that were not worth the cash, Blake being one of them. His 40 goal season from two years ago was not a part of his game play this year, as he finished with 13 goals and 52 points. I hate to say it, but that's a typical Jason Blake year. Only difference is that he usually was more of a goal scorer, closer to 25 goals a season, averaging almost the same amount of assists, at around 50+ points.

That 40 goal season came in his contract year with the team he loved playing for. Could he do it again? Who knows? But his track record doesn't make it seem very possible.

The Leafs got duped by an uncharacteristic season for Blakey, but some may argue it was one that was due, as he seemed to improve his game each year just a tad bit before elevating it to his best ever.

Fletcher said the team has no plans to buy him out, but when Blake was asked if he wants to return he replied with a mellow, "I don't know." When asked if he would be angry/disappointed about being traded he stated, "oh no, not at all, if that's the route." Seems like he may be eager to leave.

The media focus on hockey in Toronto can be brutal; nothing like Long Island. Here he was the hero, the diamond in the rough. There he was supposed to the savior, and he fell very short, and now he may have finally gotten the reality check he needed.

So with rumors swirling around the trade deadline that Fletcher approached Snow about trading for Blake, I'm sure we're going to see those same rumors start up again. Apparently there was not that much of a base to those trade talks, as many said they were just preliminary with nothing imminent. But you have to wonder...

Garth "The Builder" Snow is going to want to Blake to come with either a pick or a prospect if he is to trade for him. It makes sense, but isn't very appealing. However if Fletcher is asked by Blake to be traded he may not have that much of a choice. But then who would the Isles give up? I'm sure it would have to be someone young, or maybe it could be a d-man depending on who we sign or draft this off-season.

Before you make all your speculations, do you even want Jason Blake back?

My answer: If he came with a prospect and didn't require too much in return, then yes. Otherwise steer clear. I loved Blake, and seeing that he signed with Toronto after losing out on Ryan Smyth was one of the worst things I read on July 1st last summer. He was the heart and soul of this team, and no one can deny that we were missing his spark and hustle out there every shift. He was the "Grit, Character, Heart" motto that the web-site displays, and that was definitely missing this year.

Although I am speculating way ahead of the rumors which haven't even begun on this scenario, I think if he returned at the right deal it could help uplift this team's morale with him leading the charge of a re-building franchise.

Thoughts?
Filed Under:   NHL   Islanders   Blake   Leafs   Fletcher   Snow  
May 13, 2008 12:37 PM ET | Delete
Blake belongs on the Island. The fans booed him and looked like fools at the Mozz. He bled for the club and took the money he was offered! I think him coming back to the Islanders works,because they will have a hard time recruiting players here anyway. His speed on the wing with Comrie could be Scary.But yeah the leafs need to add another pick to this deal.
May 13, 2008 12:48 PM ET | Delete
Let him get bought out and he can come back here for 2 years at 2 mil per. Otherwise enjoy your money and stay away.
May 13, 2008 2:14 PM ET | Delete
"Before you all make your speculations, do you even want Jason Blake back?"No.The Islanders should be getting younger. Not essentially trading assets for an overpaid 35-year-old who departed via his own free will (mistake or not), chased the money, fell well short of expectations and also, unfortunately, encountered some serious health problems. And, no, I don't care if there are picks/prospects coming back (doubtful.) Blake is gone. Onward and upward.And if anyone even suggests a return of Michael Peca this summer, I'll really lose it. The future, people!!! The future!!!
May 13, 2008 2:58 PM ET | Delete
Well said there Jon. If we're going to be targeting any talent this summer it has got to be young talent. Let's let Blakey go. On the other hand, if he's bought out and takes a serious pay cut, and is willing to play a 2nd or 3rd line role... then maybe.
May 13, 2008 3:56 PM ET | Delete
go young, forget blake. he left on his own terms. let guys like okposo, bergie, tamby and hillen a spot, you never know how fast they will show their potential
May 13, 2008 5:15 PM ET | Delete
C'mon, please??? Just take him. Really. It'll make everyone feel a lot better. How many rounds are there in the draft? 7? We'll take a 7th rounder in say, 2020. OK? The poor guy NEEDS to get out of Toronto, for his own sake and the fans. C'mon, you guys owe us, after all only the Leafs keep you from having the most dysfunctional ownership/management group in the league.(Not that I'm bragging)
May 13, 2008 5:54 PM ET | Delete
The Isles organization is completely dismal, even moreso than MLSE. There aren't too many NHL teams out there with a worse prospect cupboard than the Leafs, but even the Isles are more bare in that department. Garth Snow is absolutely out of his mind to suggest that he would want a top draft pick in return to take McCabe or Blake. The fact that a top-2 defenceman making 5.75million would want to come (let alone return) to Long Island is something that Snow should revel in. From 2005-2007 McCabe's point totals were higher than the ENTIRE Isles roster last season... so why exactly should that come with a draft pick? Yes MLSE is saddled with his NMC, but if McCabe was willing to waive it then best-believe that there would have more than a few teams making decent offers. If McCabe still refuses to waive except for the Isles, then MLSE is rich enough that they can just wait out the contract while they rebuild. and Jason Blake... total enigman with the Leafs, but a star with the Isles. Yes, (like McCabe) the Leafs can't wait to dump the guy, but they won't give up future to do it. Why would they? They aren't in a position to compete for a few seasons and don't need immediate capspace to pay the younger entry level players the franchaise is moving forward with. Having both McCabe and Blake back on LI would immediately make the Isles a much better team, and Garth Snow would be able to make these moves on the cheap! Cheaper than it would cost any other NHL team. Arguing against brining back the only 40 goal scorer the Isles franchaise has seen in a long long time, and reaquring a player who would step in and immediately be the #1 defencemen... it doesn't make sense. For a team that has trouble attracting free agents, Garth Snow and fans are pretty hard-headed.
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