Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Blake Extension Imminent?

1) Sources on Long island told FAUXRUMORS over the holiday weekend that there have been on going (Informal) discussions with Islander forward Jason Blake, and Isles acting GM, Garth Snow about a contract extension.

2) The diminutive spark plug like forward is currently having a career year with the Isles. The Minnesota native is on pace to shatter his career best, set only last year with 57 points. After 38 games Blake already has 39 points. Among the league leaders with PP goals, he has established some good chemistry with Captain Alexei Yashin

3) Under the terms of the CBA, until yesterday it would have been illegal to have formal discussions to extend a contract. However that didn't stop maverick owner Charles Wang from inviting Blake and his agent over to his L.I. estate to discuss Jason's future. We're told that the moves last month that freed up significant cap space might be used to formally announce a extension well before this season is completed

4) Our source tells us that terms that have been (informally) discussed were along the lines of a 3 year 12 million extension. On the open market next summer the 33 year old might have fetched upwards of 5 or more. People close to the forward tell us he feels a certain degree of loyalty towards the organization that resurrected his career with a trade from the Kings mid way through the 2000-2001 season.

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