According to a report first aired on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks
and defenseman Rob Blake
have agreed on a new one-year contract that reportedly will pay him $3.5 million.
The 39-year-old defenseman had 10 goals and 45 points in 73 games in his first season with the Sharks. He also led the team's defensemen with a plus-15 rating, a tremendous turnaround after going minus-19 and minus-26 the previous two seasons with the Kings. His 110 penalty minutes were second on the team.
More than what he does on the ice, Blake is a respected veteran presence in the dressing room, and was one of the players GM Doug Wilson imported last summer to add a winning mentality to the locker room. It worked in the regular season, as Blake helped the Sharks to League-highs of 53 wins and 117 points. Both marks also were franchise bests.
Blake, a 1988 fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings
, has 233 goals and 747 points in 1,200 games with the Kings, Avalanche and Sharks. He enters his 20th NHL 20th on the all-time list for points among defensemen, and 27th in games played. If he plays more than 54 games -- he hasn't played fewer than 62 games since 1995-96 -- he'll move into the top 20.