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If Rob Blake Retires, Who Will Captain The San Jose Sharks?

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It just dawned on me that if Rob Blake decides to retire the San Jose Sharks will need a new captain. I think the popular choice is Dan Boyle, but I still think - if you don’t want to be turning over captains every few years - that the new captain of the future is Joe Pavelski. I guess I have two questions - who should be the Sharks’ captain if Rob Blake retire and does it make a difference if you change captains every few years?

For whatever reason I still haven’t seen the entire injury list from the Sharks. I always like to reserve judgment regarding playoff performance until I’ve seen just what the boys were up against. So far the only reports I’ve seen are Dany Heatley’s TORN groin, Jed Ortmeyer’s double sports hernia, Devin Setoguchi’s sports hernia and Nicklas Wallin’s sprained ankle. Let me know if you hear of any other injuries.

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5 comments for “If Rob Blake Retires, Who Will Captain The San Jose Sharks?”

  1. This just in from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:

    Sharks captain Rob Blake is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons, a source close to the situation has told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area exclusively.

    The source said that Blake is waiting until the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals because he did not want to be a distraction while the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are still playing.

    An official announcement could come as early as next week. When contacted by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Sharks declined to comment on the story. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area also reached out to Blake but he has not returned calls.

    The veteran defenseman played a pivotal role in San Jose’s run to the NHL’s Western Conference Finals this past season, starting with him being named captain after the “C” was removed from Patrick Marleau’s jersey.

    Blake, 40, played in 70 games in 2009-10, scoring seven goals and contributing 23 assists as the Sharks posted a Western Conference-best 113 points, second-best in the league. He earned $3.5 million after signing a one-year deal at the conclusion of the 2008-’09 season.

    There was speculation following the Sharks’ season-ending loss to the Blackhawks that Blake, long regarded as one of the game’s most respected blue-liners, would hang up his skates.

    “You need time to unwind after the season and different things,” Blake said in the immediate aftermath of the series with Chicago. “My kids are in school until June, and I want to meet with (general manager) Doug (Wilson) and meet with (head coach) Todd (McLellan) and talk things over and go from there.”

    Wilson responded to Blake’s comments, saying, “Rob’s still a player, and I haven’t talked about anything like that with him.”

    The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of Simcoe, Ontario arrived in San Jose in 2008, following five seasons in Colorado, highlighted by a Stanley Cup in 2001.

    I think the next captain will be Boyle, with the “A” going to Pavs and Thornton.

    Posted by FC SharksfanNo Gravatar | June 9, 2010, 1:57 pm
  2. Nice report FC Sharksfan - can I put you down for tickets to the Home Opener and Fan Appreciation Day next season?!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | June 9, 2010, 2:03 pm
  3. I’m there!

    GO SHARKS! (please)

    Posted by FC SharksfanNo Gravatar | June 9, 2010, 2:11 pm
  4. I’d be happy with Boyle as captain. The man logs so much time on the ice that he will have plenty of opportunities to lead by example and be out there rallying the rest of the team. It would be nice to see Playmaker Pavelski with the “C,” but I won’t have a problem with Boyle as El Capitan.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | June 15, 2010, 5:54 am
  5. Boyle?? He’s the little engine that can’t…..

    He’s not a defenseman, he’s a 4 winger. We don’t need someone who can’t stick to his position to tell everyone else what to do…..

    Pavelski with the C to acompany his new 4 year deal, and Thornton and Boyle with the “A”s….

    Marleau should be pushing his way back, but most sharks fans believe he can’t. I understand that most people don’t play and can’t possibly understand how on ice leadership can determine how a team reacts. With this past year, Pavs and Marleau were the only 2 to really help propel the team when it mattered most….

    Posted by Cortez408No Gravatar | June 29, 2010, 10:46 pm

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