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02-07-2007, 08:50 PM
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Jason Blake to Carolina?

I know, I know, before I get started, it is from the infamous Eklund.

He is reporting tonight that the Canes have a big interest in the winger from Long Island.


Staying on the Island....there is word that the Hurricanes are VERY interested in Jason Blake should he be available, and such a trade could happen in the next week.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=5312


Also, talking to a few Islander fans, reports in the last couple weeks are saying that the Islanders would be willing to deal Blake whether they are in playoff contention of not.

It would seem obvious to me that Lavi would love to have Blake in a Canes uniform seeing as they spent time together on the Island a few years back.

It possibly makes sense if the Isles would depart with Blake (A UFA at seasons end who would possibly demand around the 2-3 million per year) if they could get a defenceman from us. New York's Defence is currently looking like this: Poti, Hill, Martinek & Witt rounding out their top 4.

Just thought I would throw this out there to stirr up the deadline hype.

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02-07-2007, 08:57 PM
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I'd love to see Jason Blake in Carolina. He was on a line with Eric Staal and Justin Williams in the All-Star Game and they really seemed to have some natural chemistry with one another. I just wonder what the Islanders would want in return. Andrew Ladd has been the main player brought up, but I wonder if they would have any interest in Anton Babchuk?

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02-07-2007, 08:58 PM
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Not bad. I know a lot of people wanted Blake at the all-star game. Depends which defenseman they'd have to give up. Tanabe/Hutchinson wouldn't do it and I wouldn't want them trading Babchuk/Commodore for him. No interest in Wesley/Hedican either I'm sure. Seidenberg/Wallin seem to be the only options.

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02-07-2007, 08:59 PM
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I wouldn't understand such a deal: NYI is 2 points behind us with 2 games in hand... why would they trade us their best sniper?

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I was wondering the same thing about Ladd. I think outside of teams looking at our defence availability, I think Ladd may be a hot pick. I highly doubt JR will ship Ladd out for Blake who is a UFA at seasons end though.

Black also has ties to Lavi from last years Olympics along with what I stated when they were together back in 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 in New York.

It could come down to the Islanders wanting Babchuk, Tanabe or Wallin. Those are my candidates to go for Blake. Pair one of those guys with a draft pick, possibly 2nd or 3rd round and we may have a deal. If not that, add a prospect in that deal and Blake could be a Cane. Just my opinion however.

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02-07-2007, 09:03 PM
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I think that at the time this rumor originated, it was a great idea. Now that the future for Carolina in terms of playoff hopes are uncertain, it looks a little worse. I don't think it makes sense.

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I wouldn't understand such a deal: NYI is 2 points behind us with 2 games in hand... why would they trade us their best sniper?


I wondered the same thing when I read this rumor. Then I looked up some information on it, and the word out of Long Island is that whether they are in playoff contention or not, Blake may be available.

I think in the end it comes down to him being an UFA at seasons end. And with the Islanders defence not so stocked up, they may want to add something there infront of Dipietro.

I really don't know what to think about this though, the more I think about it, in reality it doesnt make much sense for the Islanders to ship their leading scorer out of town when they are in playoff contention. It may just end up being just what it is right now, a "rumor". If they do decide to trade Blake that pretty well tells their fans they're throwing in the white towel. But hey, it is the Islanders... so who knows.

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I think that at the time this rumor originated, it was a great idea. Now that the future for Carolina in terms of playoff hopes are uncertain, it looks a little worse. I don't think it makes sense.
That is where I think Rutherford will do whatever he can possibly do to get this team in the playoffs. To me, he won't let this team not make it after we won the Stanley Cup last year. I think we'll see Rutherford get pretty active in bringing a couple players in to fuel the fire under this team.

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02-07-2007, 09:11 PM
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That is where I think Rutherford will do whatever he can possibly do to get this team in the playoffs. To me, he won't let this team not make it after we won the Stanley Cup last year. I think we'll see Rutherford get pretty active in bringing a couple players in to fuel the fire under this team.
I hope so, but I think Jason Blake would be too expensive a player for our tastes. We're not the only team that wants him and i'm not comfortable giving up Andrew Ladd or Anton Babchuk for a player that likely walks after this year considering we have to pay Ray Whitney and potentially Scott Walker.

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I hope so, but I think Jason Blake would be too expensive a player for our tastes. We're not the only team that wants him and i'm not comfortable giving up Andrew Ladd or Anton Babchuk for a player that likely walks after this year considering we have to pay Ray Whitney and potentially Scott Walker.
How much money do you think Whitney and Walker would demand? We started the season at around $40 million, $4 million under the salary cap. Next season, the salary cap is set to increase to around $48 million which should give us plenty of room to re-sign Whitney and Walker and re-sign Blake if we acquired him, which I would want the team to do.

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NYI are buyers and not sellers right now

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How much money do you think Whitney and Walker would demand? We started the season at around $40 million, $4 million under the salary cap. Next season, the salary cap is set to increase to around $48 million which should give us plenty of room to re-sign Whitney and Walker and re-sign Blake if we acquired him, which I would want the team to do.
True, but we're not a franchise that plays "at the cap", especially considering that the year after next a few key RFA's need to get paid. Namely, Cam Ward. I think that signing Whitney and Walker is pushing it enough as is. Considering the season that Whitney is having, it wouldn't be unreasonable for him to ask for $4 million.

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its eklund. he probably got it from our trade rumour thread. the only ones he gets right are the ones the associated press is waiting to confirm before reporting it five minutes after he did.

if we are a playoff team, he's a good fit. if we lose whitney in the offseason, im all for going after this guy.

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Who will be able to command more at season's end - Whitney or Blake? Because we would likely be choosing one for next year if this happens.


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02-08-2007, 08:39 AM
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Anyone know if Whitney is still being paid in his Detroit buy-out????

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No, no, no, and no.

Get rid of Tanabe, Hutchinson, and Belanger for picks or whatever, re-stock the system. Don't muck with this roster, this team isn't going to win the Cup either way. Just shoot for the playoffs and we'll see what happens from their. Making stupid trades now for the sake of making stupid trades is going to be the death of this organization. Again.

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No, no, no, and no.

Get rid of Tanabe, Hutchinson, and Belanger for picks or whatever, re-stock the system. Don't muck with this roster, this team isn't going to win the Cup either way. Just shoot for the playoffs and we'll see what happens from their. Making stupid trades now for the sake of making stupid trades is going to be the death of this organization. Again.
Agreed. I think we should be more sellers at the deadline than buyers considering the circumstances. The talent in the room is there, they just have to decide if they want to win another championship or not. Adding Jason Blake isn't going to make that decision for them.

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Wait, is Jason Blake the blonde one?

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Wait, is Jason Blake the blonde one?
No, that's Lance Bass. Jason Blake is the weird but approachable one with tattoos.

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I wondered the same thing when I read this rumor. Then I looked up some information on it, and the word out of Long Island is that whether they are in playoff contention or not, Blake may be available.

I think in the end it comes down to him being an UFA at seasons end. And with the Islanders defence not so stocked up, they may want to add something there infront of Dipietro.




Without meaning any disrespect, nearly all of your assumptions are incorrect.

I'm not sure what "word out of Long Island" you are talking about - but multiple sources confirm that the Isles plans to keep Blake. This has been reported several times in Newsday, and also reflects direct quotes from management.
It is highly unlikely he gets moved unless the Isles are both convinced he is not going to resign and that the Isles will have no shot at the playoffs. Right now, neither appears to be the case.

The "not so stocked up" defense now has everybody healthy but ONE player - Radnek Martinek. Poti and Gervais came back last night and the Isles had another shutout. They have one of the lowest GAAs in the conference at this point. We don't have the greatest top five in the NHL - but the players you have to trade will not represent an upgrade.

The Isles are probably looking to make some moves - but their eye is toward improving the attack - not the defense. I don't agree with management, but they seem to want to stay pat on the blueline.

And, if the Isles do look to move Blake, it will certainly not be to close competition in the conference.


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Don't muck with this roster, this team isn't going to win the Cup either way.
I fail to understand how this statement can hold any water. Remember last year when the Oilers were in the same boat we're in right now? Come deadline time they got Samsonov and Roloson and made a run for the playoffs finishing 8th place by only 3 points. This team has as good a chance as anyone as long as they are one of the 16 teams in the playoffs.

Maybe that's just how I feel, but something tells me if this team can just get into the playoffs and remember the feelings of last spring, anything can happen.

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What would you guys think about Babchuk for Blake straight up?

Not bad imo, but what is Blakes contract status, UFA next year or what?

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No, that's Lance Bass. Jason Blake is the weird but approachable one with tattoos.
Oh right, right. I get them confused.

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What would you guys think about Babchuk for Blake straight up?

Not bad imo, but what is Blakes contract status, UFA next year or what?
he's a UFA so from that standpoint alone I wouldn't do it. Only way I'd trade Babchuk is for another young defenseman prospect, and not much of a step down at that if any step down.

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What would you guys think about Babchuk for Blake straight up?

Not bad imo, but what is Blakes contract status, UFA next year or what?
You're joking, right?

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