It is extremely
rare, in these days of rapid player movement and free agency sweepstakes, for a professional athlete to admit that they made a mistake in signing with a new team. It's just about nonexistent
, actually. While Toronto winger Jason Blake may not have done exactly that in a recent article in the <a href="http://torontosun.com/Spo...639922-sun.html">Toronto Sun
</a>, he came awfully
close with some of his comments.
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Blake has been frustrated early on in his first season as a Maple Leaf both with his team, which has been wildly inconsistent and with himself, as he has only produced 2 goals in 16 games.
But does he regret his decision to sign with Toronto?
In Steve Simmons' article, "Blue and White and Blue All Over
," in today's edition of the Sun
, Blake vents his frustrations about his current team ...
"I'm not going to sit here and blow off steam because if I did, we would be here for an hour. It has nothing to do with my (health). I feel 100 times better than I did last year. It has nothing to with adjusting to a new team. I've adjusted ... It's certain things ..."
Hmmm ... he continues ...
"Where would I start? I can't say what ... I'm not going to ... It is what it is."
Very cryptic, Jason! Again ... hmmm ...
Later, Blake also gives high praise to his former organization as well as some individual players ...
"No. 1, (the Islanders) have an unbelievable coach. Ted Nolan's the best. No. 2, we played like the Senators, that way. We weren't as talented, we weren't as big, we weren't as strong but we moved the puck. We tried to hit the open guy. No. 3, we had Brendan Witt, one of the most underrated defenceman in the league."
And, after Simmons prompts Blake for No. 4?
"The best goalie. The best upcoming goaltender in the league. (Rick) DiPietro will win the Vezina in the next three years."
I don't think, honestly, that the day will ever come where you'll see an athlete come out and say, "Hey, listen, I never should have signed here. I made a mistake. I should have stayed put." That's just not going to happen - at least not while the player is still with the team in question - but Jason Blake just came darn
close to doing so.
The Leafs are a mess ... and this is just a small indication thereof.
On the other side of things ... all due respect, Jason, but the Isles are doing just fine without you.
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