Jason Blake Not Happy In T.O.?
This much can be said: The frustration level between Jason Blake and the Maple Leafs is at full peak. At this stage, no one is quite sure what to make of the other and neither side is happy….When asked about his problems Blake was quoted as saying, “Where do I start?”.
I’m not going to sit here and blow off steam because if I did, we would be here for an hour,” the Maple Leafs winger said yesterday. “It has nothing to do with my (health). I feel 100 times better than I did last year.
Blake expected more from the Leafs, approaching the quarter pole of the National Hockey League season. And in turn, the Leafs expected more from him. Now each looks at the other hoping today will be better than yesterday, tomorrow better than the day before.
The $20-million solution was to find a speedy winger to play with Mats Sundin, at least for the short term. But the solution would make sense if Sundin was more of a prototypical centre. The traditional centre is more playmaker than goal scorer. Sundin historically has created more offence for himself.
“It’s frustrating,” Blake said, about being a goal-scorer and having just two at this time. “You have to get the puck … You have to get the puck in certain situations … Shots on goal don’t mean anything. You want to get good shots.
“I’m the type of guy who uses my speed and needs the puck on my stick more times than not.”
When asked how it was the Islanders had so much success last year, where Blake scored 40 goals on a vastly improved New York Islanders team. Blake showed how much trouble he is having adjusting to life as a Leaf.
“Ted Nolan’s the best. No. 2 coach in the NHL(reffering to Sens coach John Paddock as #1), we played like the Senators, that way. We weren’t as talented, we weren’t as big, we weren’t as strong but we moved the puck. We tried to hit the open guy. No. 3, we had Brendan Witt, one of the most underrated defenceman in the league.”
“We had the best goalie. The best upcoming goaltender in the league. (Rick) DiPietro will win the Vezina in the next three years.”
Experts Look: Hmm, one can surely see possible subliminal-attacks towards to Leafs coaching and a calling out towards the teams defense and goaltending. One thing is for sure, Jason Blake is for now wearing blue and white and seemingly very “blue” about it. It’s early in his first season. There is time to make use of Blake properly and to find a way to make this work for both him and the Maple Leafs….