My Rebuttal to Dean Lombardi’s Blake Nonsense
Eventually I’ll let this Rob Blake shit go… but for now, I’m having way too much fun venting.
Dean Lombardi on Dustin Brown negotiating himself: “I really like the fact that, (the) discussion was as much about the team and how he’s the captain and how he works from a team perspective than it was about what he thought he was worth. That shows he’s working with the team.”
See, there was once a former Captain who held out 5 days during his FIRST negotiation, then ripped the “C” off his jersey during his SECOND negotiation. He was not working from a “team perspective” and it WAS about what he thought he was worth (just ask his agent at the time Ron Salcer).
And Mr. Lombardi, can you please do a little research: “As one of the top defensemen in the league, coming off a Norris Trophy-[winning season in 1998], when the union was looking at ‘who’s our biggest wage to raise this tide,’ it was Rob.”
No, Dean. In 1988 it was Al MacInnis who signed a record 3 year, 15 million dollar deal.
Tim Leiweke then came out and said, “We’re prepared to make (Blake) the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL”
What did Rob Blake do?
Held out the first 5 days of training camp before signing a 3 year, 15.8 million dollar deal. Tim Leiweke kept his word. He made Rob Blake the highest paid defenseman. Helene also noted the Kings had offered a 5 year, 25 million dollar deal as well.
So why would his Union NOT want a 5 year, 25 million dollar RECORD DEAL?
Cut to: 2001
Bob McKenzie reported that the Kings had offered Blake a 3 year deal work $7.5 million a year which would have been slightly less than Brian Leetch (7.68 million) who had won a Stanley Cup, but more than Nik Lidstrom (7.25 million) who had won TWO Stanley Cups.
Unfortunately at the start of the season, the St Louis Blues paid Chris Pronger 29.5 million for 3 years.
Lombardi: “It wasn’t about the money. It was an obligation amongst the players to support each other. In a roundabout way, by subjecting himself to that kind of criticism on behalf of 599 other guys, they get it.”
WHAT criticism? He was offered more than NIK FUCKING LIDSTROM!
Following Pronger’s signing, Rob Blake demanded 9.6 million dollars (just ask Helene Elliot) and TOLD EVERYONE including Dave Taylor, who flew to Minnesota to talk to Rob that he wanted to, “test the free agent market.” Okay, fine. Back then you had to wait until you were 31. We understand. We get it. He earned that right.
BUT HE DIDN’T!!!
And he didn’t get 9.6 million dollars either.
Colorado resigned Blake for 9 million dollars a year for 4 years, plus THEIR option for a 5th (which they did NOT exercise) = 36 million. Helene reported the Kings had offered Rob Blake a guaranteed 8 million a year for 5 years = 40 million.
Rob and his Union, left 4 million bucks on the Kings table.
Lombardi: “People in the business know that this was a reflection of his character. You can understand why people would say, ‘that’s just greed.’ I get it. But there’s another side to this, and that’s where, when I say that I called around to every facet of the league, I’m not saying it’s the moment, but it’s a reflection of his character, in terms of his commitment to a team. It’s just that this team was a much bigger team. It didn’t just involve the twenty players in the [Kings dressing] room.”
COMMITMENT TO A TEAM?????
He walked OUT on his team. TWICE!
You call that “character?” Us fans call it, “Traitor.” AND YOU WERE NONE TOO HAPPY ABOUT IT TOO, DEAN!
June 30th, 2008 – Interview with Rich Hammond
Lombardi: “I’ve had a number of meetings with Blakey. The first one was probably a month ago. With a player of Blakey’s stature and pedigree and the incredible influence he has on young players, it’s important he understands the direction we’re heading.
One thing that happens with older players, they want to go to a contender, and that’s certainly reasonable. However, if you want to take on the job of being a part of this job and nurturing young players and leaving your legacy through those young players… this is the spot for you.
We met three times, because I need him to come in with an enthusiasm and an understanding. I think it’s great if he wants to come back but it’s important that we’re on the same page. You’re talking about a Hall of Fame player; his influence is going to be important. How the players see his enthusiasm at the rink is critical. If he understands that and wants to be a part of it, we will welcome him back with open arms.”
“I was interested in making sure he understood the role and how important the role was. This is the year we actually start becoming a young team and I needed to know, what were Rob’s priorities as a hockey player?”
He did NOT want to help nurture young players. He did NOT want to help the team. He did NOT want to leave a legacy. He had already won a cup and wanted a shot at another instead of being influential. Let’s call a spade a spade. THAT is what Rob Blake wanted.
Here’s more Dean, From YOUR MOUTH!
Tuesday night: Blake and Lombardi spoke on the phone. Lombardi said, “Rob called me. He was honest. He said, `I don’t think I can wait.’ I knew San Jose had been talking to him. I said, `I can’t hurry this. I’m not sure yet what we can offer. We know what your number is (4 million). We’re looking at some other things and if I do some other things, it might take me out of (the range of Blake’s offer).’ I was thinking of making a conditional offer and then if things didn’t happen, we could maybe go up to his number, but it was clear it wasn’t negotiable. At that point, I was almost sure he was going to San Jose.”
If Rob Blake is so “respected” as Lombardi keeps shoving down our throats, why is Rob Blake BOOED every time his name is announced? I’m gonna enjoy opening night when the staff is announced and much like Jamie Kompon, Blake is gonna get BOOED!
That is respect.
Respect of the FANS, that is.
I don’t care WHAT Lombardi or the players or the NHL says about Rob Blake and sorry John Hoven, it’s NOT a small amount of fans that dislike Blake, it’s a MAJORITY of them. If it wasn’t, the cheers would be louder than the boos, but they’re simply not.
Okay, I’ve said my peace (until Lombardi says something else about Blake to piss me off) Now back to my regularly scheduled life.