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Blake Deal Is In

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Blake to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Blake, 39, finished his 18th NHL season in 2008-09, recording 45 points (10 goals, 35 assists) in 73 games with San Jose. He finished eighth among League defensemen in shots with 198 and tied for 16th in points. Blake recorded his 500th NHL career assist on Jan. 9 at Edmonton, placing him 22nd all-time for assists amongst NHL defensemen. He was selected as the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” for November, leading all League defensemen for the month with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists).

“Rob’s performance this past season speaks for itself,” said Wilson. “He’s a true professional, a leader that has been a captain in the League and still plays at an elite level. The way that he carries himself day-in and day-out is something that every player in our locker room should try to mirror.”

In 1,200 NHL games with Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose, Blake has posted 747 points (233 goals, 514 assists) and 1,619 penalty minutes. His 3,714 shots on net are the fifth-most amongst defensemen in League history.

In 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has notched 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) and tallied 156 penalty minutes. He won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Blake was selected for the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1991 and has appeared in seven All-Star games (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004).

Blake has also had an illustrious International career outside of the NHL. He has represented Team Canada in the Olympics three times (1998, 2002 and 2006) and appeared in six World Championships with Canada (1991, 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999). Blake was selected for Team Canada for two World Cup of Hockey tournaments (1996, 2004) but did not play in 2004 due to injury.

The Simcoe, Ontario native was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound defenseman originally signed with San Jose as a free agent on July 3, 2008.

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