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07-02-2006, 11:03 AM
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I have been in favor of bringing Blake back since last summer. Some of you need to grow up. I understand why he was booed (personally, I never took part in the booing, but I didn't want to see him succeed in another uniform). It is like the bitter boyfriend seeing the ex-girlfriend run off with a wealthier and more successful partner while the bitter boyfriend is left with nothing.
BTW, some bits of info that are often forgotten during the time Blake stripped himself of the captaincy during the contract "negotiations" with the Kings prior to the start of the 2000-2001 season. The Kings brass (well namely, Kevin Gilmore/Leiweke) presented Blake with a FINAL offer and threatened to trade him if he didn't accept it. That wasn't a smart move, especially to a player who had been with the organization for eleven seasons at that point.
Imagine the Avalanche presenting Sakic with a final contract offer and threatening to deal him if he chooses not to expect it. It is called a negotiation is it not? Did the Red Wings ever threaten Lidstrom or Yzerman if they didn't accept their contract offer? Seems like the Kings (well, Gilmore) had an odd way of conducting contract negotiations.
Please let the immaturity die. Blake showed that it was the past and he has moved on. He is still a top flight defenseman in this league and the Kings have significantly improved their blueline. Blake, Norstrom, Visnovsky, Gleason, Sopel and Miller. A young stud like Gleason can learn a lot from Blake, who consistently is one of the league leaders in shots on goal, blocked shots and hits.
And for those of you who are focusing on the age of the players the Kings have signed, here is some news for you. These guys are in amazing shape and have plenty of hockey left in them. You should only be concerned by a players age when his play, health and conditioning is detriorating. Blake always keeps himself in excellent condition and Scott Thornton is no different.
These guys are paid professional atheltes who work with personal trainers in the off-season. There are players much younger than them who can't last as long or perform as good as these veterans. There are lots of players who are over 35 that are still amazing athletes, and Blake is one of them.
Excellent post. Should be required reading for all the misguided Kings fans out there, of which there seem to be a lot (sorry, I'm not trying to bait here, but I gotta call a spade a spade).
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