Blake has no regrets

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

When Jason Blake, the Leafs' leading scorer this season with 22 goals and 28 assists, signed with the team as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2007/08 campaign, he was coming to a team that had finished with a winning record and looked to be on the way up.

But, obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. In Blake's first season in the blue and white, the Leafs fell to 36-35-11 and are now in the midst of a rebuild. Not what he had signed up for.

But Blake, who struggled last season as a first-year Leaf, largely because of a cancer scare, said he has zero regrets signing with the organization, even though he has three more seasons under contract with Toronto and it may take that long before the team is a contender again.

"I don't have any regrets," Blake said. "Obviously last year, I think the off-ice stuff was the stuff that got to me. But this year, I've had a lot of fun. It's a great place to play. The media is tough on you, we all know that. But, whatever happens tomorrow, happens. This year has been a different year for me and I've definitely enjoyed it and I would like to stay."

The fact that Blake's contract calls for three more year (with about $10.5 million over that time) pretty well guarantees that he won't be going anywhere anytime soon. As the global economy worsens, teams are generally looking to shed salaries.

NOT SURPRISED

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is not surprised that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is now only three shutouts away from tying Terry Sawchuk's NHL record. Sawchuk posted 103 shutouts, with five different teams, including four for the Leafs, while Brodeur picked up his 100th, all with the Devils, the other day. Wilson said most records get broken, but he believes there's one record that may never be broken -- Wayne Gretzky's 215 points picked up during the 1985-86 season.

"Wayne Gretzky's record might be way beyond reach in terms of getting points, because we haven't had anybody come close. If you get 100 points now it's amazing, let alone 215 points in a season. I don't see that changing," he said.


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