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from Inside the Kings,
OK, here we go. For those who enjoy soap operas, strap in…
We started with Blake’s statement that the Kings never made him an offer, and with my clarification that Blake’s agent, Pat Brisson, had called Lombardi on Tuesday morning with a one-year, $4-million contract request.
So here’s the time line, according to Lombardi, with quotes from Lombardi added where appropriate.
Here’s what Pat Brisson, Rob Blake’s agent, had to say tonight about the way things went down between Blake and the Kings. It’s lengthy, but if you’ve been following the saga today, you might find it to be a good read. As I told Pat tonight, all I’m trying to get is get the information out there. People can make up their minds based upon what they believe and read. What an interesting subplot to the week though, huh?
From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Just got off a conference call with Rob Blake, who says the Kings never made him an offer. (Left unsaid was that Blake’s agent apparently talked to the Kings on July 1 and asked for $4 million). Before Blake got on the call, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said he called Blake’s agent on July 1 to inquire about Blake’s services. Here’s some quotes from Blake…
On not getting an offer: “No, i didn’t receive [an offer] from the Kings. As time went past on July 1… I made a decision a few weeks ago, a month ago, that i wanted to play again. That wasn’t going to be happen in L.A. and I had to start looking elsewhere.’‘
Note: Blake was signed for one-year at $5 million earlier today.
via Inside the Kings,
I have an unconfirmed report, from a source very close to Rob Blake, that he has signed with San Jose for $5 million.
Update 5:19pm ET: Confirmed by Inside the Kings:
Rob Blake has signed with San Jose, apparently for one year and $5 million. I’ve confirmed this with two sources close to the situation but the Sharks have yet to release word of this.
Update 6:02pm ET: TSN reports this as breaking news, “TSN has learned the San Jose Sharks have signed defenceman Rob Blake to a one-year deal.”
Update 6:06pm ET: From David Pollack at Working the Corners—
Expect the official announcement in about an hour, but the Sharks have signed veteran defenseman Rob Blake to a one-year, $5 million contract.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson declined to discuss the impending announcement of what will be the Sharks’ first free-agent signing of the summer, saying it was “a little premature.” But he didn’t shoot down the report that first surfaced on a Southern California web site.
A “Southern California web site”? Is it that hard to provide credit?? Sheesh.
Update 6:09pm ET: San Jose Sharks press release below.
from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent left wing Jody Shelley to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“From the first day that Jody arrived here, he brought toughness and character,” said Wilson. “He is one of the most respected players in our room because of his team-first attitude and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Today, for example, General Manager Doug Wilson could send captain Patrick Marleau to another team before the no-trade clause in his two-year, $12.6 million contract extension takes effect Tuesday. Rumors over the past two months have had Marleau wearing several different jerseys next season.
But a source familiar with the situation said Sunday that Marleau is not the subject of any trade talk, making it all but certain he will remain a Shark….
Campbell isn’t the only Shark with an expiring contract whom other teams might covet. Left wing Ryane Clowe, for example, could become a restricted free agent Tuesday.
But Clowe is staying put. He and the Sharks have reached a tentative agreement on a new deal with only the length of the contract to be determined. And neither side sees that as an obstacle.
more on the Sharks…
from Drew Remenda at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
I think Todd Bertuzzi would look great in Teal. The Sharks need a guy who will stand in front of the net on the powerplay. Yes Ryan Clowe can do it. But the Redwings have Holmstrom and Franzen there’s no reason the Sharks couldn’t use another big man with great hands.
If I was Todd McLellan I’d be on the phone with Joe Thornton everyday-I’d even pay him a personal visit and bring along Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Potenza. I’d make it my mission to turn Joe into the leagues best Power Forward.
more from Drew including some CBA talk…
“People are lying if they’re saying money’s not a part of it, but it’s not all ‘let’s go to the highest bidder.’ It’s also a case of going somewhere where you’re happy, where you want to be and where they’re committed.”
more from Campbell at Working the Corners…
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I talked with Larry Kelly a few minutes ago. While he would not get into specifics, he did acknowledge that Campbell is being tugged in two directions as the July 1 opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent nears. And that family matters are indeed a factor.
“He loved his teammates and he really enjoyed the city,” Kelly said of Campbell’s time with the Sharks. “The biggest issue for him is to balance his own preference with something that may dictate that he be closer to home. That’s still evolving as we speak.
“We continue to talk to Doug” Wilson, Kelly added, “and we continue to talk seriously about a return to San Jose.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks are expected to announce this afternoon that three players have been re-signed: veteran forward Jeremy Roenick, back-up goalie Brian Boucher and center Joe Pavelski.
more on the Sharks including some Michal Rozsival talk…
Update 4:15pm ET: The SJ Sharks have informed us they are conducting a press conference call in a few minutes, confirming these signings.
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Wilson said he has more conversations scheduled over the next couple days with Brian Campbell’s agent, Larry Kelly. And, yes, he said, any reports that say that Campbell has told the Sharks he will not return continue to be inaccurate — “outside speculation.”
So with nothing really to write about for tomorrow’s print edition, let me just say I was delighted when Wayne Gretzky used the 28th pick to select Viktor Tikhonov — who grew up in Los Gatos when his father, Vasily, was with the Sharks as an assistant coach and in other capacities between 1993 and 1995.
Suddenly I had a different angle, even it was only tangentially Sharks-related.
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