'No fun' for Blake

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

CALGARY -- Jason Blake has not yet told the Maple Leafs he wants out.

But he certainly is beginning to sound like a man who does.

Just 24 hours after having a hissy fit when informed he would be a healthy scratch against the Calgary Flames, Blake yesterday contemplated out loud if his days in Toronto might be coming to an end.

"I don't know ... maybe it's just not going to happen (for me) in Toronto," Blake sternly told reporters after practice at the Saddledome yesterday. "I can't answer that. If it's not going to work out here, it's not going to work out.

"Every shift, I go out there and work my butt off, but (the puck) isn't going in. You need opportunities to score, and it is what it is.

"I totally respect Ron Wilson, but it's no fun not playing. Maybe it's not meant for me to be here."

Blake said his agent, Neil Sheehy, has not approached management about a possible move.

While Blake practised on a line yesterday with Alex Steen and Ian White, Wilson was non-committal as to whether the veteran winger would suit up tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

Nor did Wilson have any sympathy for Blake, who inked a whopping five-year, $20 million US deal with the Leafs in the summer of 2007.

"I'm glad he's upset," the Leafs coach said.

"You don't want a guy to roll over and die. I want a guy who steps onto the ice and play with piss and vinegar, which he has not done consistently. I haven't seen that out of him this year or last year when I reviewed the tapes. He knows that deep down.

"If he get fired up and plays the way we know he can play and is a valuable member of the team, that's great. That other stuff is bluster, like barking back. He has got to step onto the ice and get the job done.

"(He must go) harder to the net, making people around him better.

"Lots of little things we ask everyone to do. All 18 skaters have to contribute. He has had a couple of good games but he hasn't been consistent.

"I don't care what he says in the papers. It's irrelevant. It's what you do on the ice."

If the Leafs were to buy out Blake next summer, they would shell out $1.333 million US per year for the following six years as a cap hit.

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THE DEAL WITH JASON BLAKE

Born: Sept. 2, 1973, Moorhead, Minn.

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 180 pounds

Postition: Centre

Shoots: Left

Signed with Leafs: July 1, 2007 as a free agent.

2006-07: Scored 40 goals and had 69 points in 82 games with New York Islanders.

2007-present: Has scored 17 goals and 58 points in 96 games with the Leafs.

Contract: In the second year of a five-year, $20-million US deal.


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