Monday, February 12, 2007

Blake Follow Up

1) Just wanted to follow up what we mentioned in our post: where we discussed the Jason Blake contract issue. Apparently the problems we alluded to have become public which is NOT a good sign. Islanders owner Charles Wang is very sensitive to criticism vollied his way and despite Blakes statement that he like Mr. Wang. his public statement that he will pursue free agency if a deal isn't struck soon did NOT endear him to the Islander's owner
2) Apparently Blake is holding firm to a 5 year deal at about 4 million/year. The Islanders would probably be OK with that or perhaps slightly less money, but are unwilling to go beyond 3 years. Our Islander source tells us, "Blake is 33 and probably peeking now." Wang perhaps learned from his Satan deal where he gave the free agent forward one too many years and is now in decline
3) Are the Islanders finally learning? After a decade contract for Yashin, and the amazing 15 year deal for goalie Di Pietro, are the Islanders finally seeing the error in their ways. Well yes and no our source tells us. The source is certain that if given the chance Wang would offer Yashin/Ricky the same deals again. He's just less likely to offer lesser stars long term deals
4) So what will happen? Our source tells us that 10 days ago it was "80:20" that Blake would be resigned. ( The same source told us it was 90% in January) Now its closer to 50:50, and as each day goes by the percentage goes down. Our sense is if Blake isn't signed by ext weekend, Snow will open up the bidding.


HockeyNutz said...

So now you have no clue if Blake will stay or go?

Nice rumor site. 50/50 is not a rumor!

February 12, 2007 6:28 am PST.

Stacey Schnall said...

hey its the guy who keeps askin me out. Hay loser i aint gonna go out with ya no mater what!

Fauxrumors said...

1) Oh no, Stacey please tell us that you're not still claiming this guy is 'afer you'. LOL
2) Anyway as we wrote in another post, for someone who stated that they would never return, you seem to be back quite often. LOL Just try to keep the posts clean from now on.
3) If we were 50% right we'd still be 49.9% better than most other rumor sites!

HockeyNutz said...

Unfortunately you have only identified 2 rumors in the past 2 weeks and neither has panned out!

You currently sit in last place in the RUMOR CHAMPION OF THE WORLD contest...fear are tied with the monkey who randomly matched 10 players with potential teams!

trotz19 said...

Great job on getting the Stuart trade guys! I'm pissed about the Blake article this weekend. Anytime negotiations go public it means they aren't going well. What do ya think we can get for him? Any rumors on where he'd go?

Fauxrumors said...

1) Thanks Trotz. Haven't seen ya on in a while. Anyway, so far no word about any Isles/Blake rumors, BUT we're told that
2) Snow will open up the bidding with Wang's blessing if Blake isn't signed by next weekend. They don't want to lose him for nothing. Much like the Parrish trade last year.
3) The difference is this time around the Isles are in range of the final playoff spot making it a tougher sell for fans. Blake is very popular for his hustling style. So the isles better get a good return on a trade if they decide to go that route

Antzmarching said...

See, this is exactly what I am talking about... Nutz is back (as Nutz), and things have gotten significantly more interesting... I love it!!!

Antzmarching said...

Sure, give Blake his walking papers, and then maybe Bates and his 8 points will emerge as the next Isles leader... Oh wait, excuse me, YASHIN is the leader... My bad...

Fauxrumors said...

1) We hear ya Antz. We're not advocating the isle's jettisoning Blake, but as it stands its possible.
2) Blake must know that the Isles are in a precarious position; Not wanting to give big bucks/years, but at the same time well within striking distance of the 8th spot
3) If the Isles trade him for a young player(s)/prospects, it would NOT look good to the fans on the Island hungry for a winner