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by Paul on 07/02/07 at 08:02 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
By contrast, the Leafs’ acquisition of Blake came at a relatively modest cost, an average of $4 million per season, and at 33 years of age, the Minnesotan is considerably longer in the tooth than the likes of Briere, Gomez and Drury.
A classic late bloomer, Blake had a career season last year in a contract season, and one always has to be suspicious (see Frank Thomas) of those kinds of efforts.
But Blake’s career numbers suggest that at worst he’ll be a consistent 22-28 goal scorer, which makes him the best scoring winger the Leafs own and nicely replaces the goals that will be lost by the departure of Jeff O’Neill.
Moreover, he’s got speed to burn, very helpful for a team that’s more plodding than quicksilver, he kills penalties effectively and dangerously, something lost when Mike Peca went down last season, and he brings a bit of sandpaper to the table as well.
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