Deal in the works? Rob Blake a healthy scratch vs. Minnesota

Rob Blake was a peculiar healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche last night in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild leading me to wonder if a trade has been made or is in the works.

This may be nothing, much like the recent speculation that the Avs were trading for a goalie when they called up Kolesnik and had three goaltenders on the roster. Obviously, that proved false as evidenced by the demotion of Kolesnik back to the farm team.

However, I find it odd that Blake, although having a sub-par season by Rob Blake standards, was scratched considering he plays big minutes for the Avs. Could a trade be in the works? Blake’s salary is among the largest on Colorado’s roster and he is currently a minus 14, which is obvioulsy quite atypical. He has been his usual self on the offensive side of the ice, but he has had trouble adjusting to the new NHL on the defensive end. Colorado has struggled mightily at times in goal, but many believe that team defense is the more glaring problem. Blake has played poorly in his own end. Perhaps Lacroix is about to make a splash. To me, it would make sense for the Avs to trade Blake even though I consider him an elite player. He is getting older in years and the relief of his salary could allow Colorado to bring in a top tier goaltender and a lower priced defenseman to replace him. In my opinion, with Colorado scoring the third most goals in the league, offense is not the problem and losing Blake’s numbers there wouldn’t hurt them much. However, if the Avs were to acquire a solid goaltender such as Luongo or even Brodeur, and were able to get a solid stay at home defenseman for Blake and Aebischer, they would look on paper… and I say on paper… just like the Ottawa Senators.

Your Thoughts?

81 Responses to Deal in the works? Rob Blake a healthy scratch vs. Minnesota

  1. gg_idiot says:

    You are really overrating the Senators defensive core. Philips and Volchenkov all stars? Okey dokey. Lets see how the Senators defense is doing after they lose either Redden or Chara in the off season.

  2. SensDude says:

    gg_idiot Humm have you seen a live game at the Corel Center in the last 2 seasons, Volchenkov is an All Star category and would replace Redden or even Charra very well, I dont think the Sens would loose both of them in the off season maybe Redden they need Charra.

  3. propiro98 says:

    maybe you should learn how to read as the whole article i wrote was about hedjuk and all i said about tanguay was that it would take more then crappy players and crappy picks to get him….but i guess ur name explains everything

  4. penguinos66 says:

    but the thing is, he’s a good goalie whos having a bad year. maybe a change of scenery would be a good thing for him.

  5. penguinos66 says:

    wow, ivan ur real original, using the same quote twice! did you stay up late last night hoping that you’d be able to use it not once but twice?

  6. wingerxxx says:

    I don’t see it happening. Buffalo would have to give up more than that to get Colorado’s number one defenseman and top right winger.

  7. skidragoon says:

    i disagree with you so therefore i am right

  8. ThomasHawks says:

    I hear that Montreal Canadien cristobal Huet will start the next game against Ott and Mike Ribeiro is back in the line up and will play with Kovalev and Kostisyn

  9. Hyata74 says:

    I heard Sakic was ten minutes late for the morning skate. I think they’re going to trade him.

  10. Flyaz says:

    The Panthers taking there star goalie to salary arbitration ticked him off. I dooubt he wants to be there and I doubt very seriously that they will be able to sign him again once his contract is up. A lot of times when a player gets traded they turn it up a notch, sometimes all the player needs is a change of scenery for one reason or another. Theo in Florida would take a lot of pressure off of him because nobody gives a crap about his family and what they are doing down there. He gets out of a city that follows there players every move and gets to live in obscurity down in FLA. On the other hand the Habs get another French Canadian goalie, a good one at that. This trade wouldn’t suprise me in the least although I don’t think it will be a one for one deal.

  11. Tim_Silver says:

    if this deal were to happen, it would be:


    Theodore, Riberio, Zednik


    Abeischer, Tanguay, Blake/Liles

    Although, I’ve been hearing romurs of a possible deal involving Montreal and San Jose which would go down as :


    Theodore, Zednik, Riberio


    Nabokov, Marleau, Cheechoo

    What do you think?

  12. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    Both Nabokov and Aebischer are steps down from Theodore from Montreal, despite his lacklustre year. People often write Theo off as a one-year wonder, and eventhough he’s never had a year as strong as his 2001-2002 season, he’s still a lot better than what he’s given credit for (and yes, I do realize he gives up a fair number of soft ones). Now with that part of the trades addressed, I can simply dismiss packages of Zednik and Ribeiro for Cheechoo/Marleau and Liles (or Blake)/Tanguay as down right laughable. Bob Gainey’s a smart guy. but Pierre Lacroix and Doug Wilson aren’t functionally retarded either.

  13. SensDude says:

    Yeah i guess your right, i’m the dummer and your the dum lolll

  14. doanerfan says:

    To MTL: Bag of flaming crap

    To COL: Theodore

  15. mcpickl says:

    id say youre a canadiens fan

  16. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lets see marleau is averaging more then a point a game and riberio is useless nabokov and theo are pretty well even and CheeChoo has a goal like every game since the thornton trade actually he has 2 hat tricks so far and is 5 times the value zednik is

  17. mtrakker85 says:

    If Blake is traded, it will have to be for another over priced slumping player who needs a change of venue.

  18. Shevy says:

    Blake has a no trade clause and wants to stay in Colorado..he was injured as well..NOT HAPPENING

  19. Frank181 says:


  20. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Theo is better than that geezer Cujo Phoenix has. Remember when the “Offensively Challenged” habs roughed up the “red hot” coyotes 5-2. Nough said.

  21. GretzNYR99 says:

    Haha, all of this for a minor hand injury.

    This is almost as good as Garrioch calling for Radek Bonk’s exit from Ottawa not once, not twice, not three times, but well more than that, and only finally getting his wish last year.

  22. FLAMESOWNU says:

    flames defence is better

  23. wingerxxx says:

    It’s just as well. Given his salary (meaning only a select number of teams could have him) and the fact that he is vital to the Avs, trading Blake makes so little sense, it’s not even funny.

  24. Ivan_Mtl says:

    Just for your information, I’ve been a Detroit Red Wings fan my entire life – even when they were know as the “Dead Things.”

  25. Ivan_Mtl says:

    … for dreamers like you. Now go take a nap. You’ll feel refreshed and think much clearer.

  26. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    But you know that when the pens score 6 goals on you, either your sefense sucks or in the case of the habs who have and all-star goalie, he is just having an off year and needs a change of scenary.

  27. Rico71 says:


    That’s one game dude. Phoenix have more victories than Montreal since then.

    And check Cujo’s stats…compared to Theo who is 32nd and 34th in GAA and SVP.

  28. penguinos66 says:

    you must be a narcolept

  29. digs says:

    You are a moron! I think it looks good too!

  30. mojo19 says:

    Colorado would not take Yashin’s fat contract.

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