Lettermen: Rob Blake’s Retirement Leaves San Jose Sharks Captaincy Vacant

June 11th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

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San Jose Sharks' defenseman and 2009-10 captain Rob Blake called it a career Wednesday night, ending his Hall-of-Fame-caliber NHL tenure after a two-year stay in the South Bay in an ultimately fruitless attempt to win one more ring, set in teal and orange.

Blake's retirement marks the second time in as many years that an NHL legend has decided to retire after a short run with the Sharks to end his career, following Jeremy Roenick in 2009.

The retirement also means (more than likely) that for the second time in as many years, the Sharks will enter training camp without having established their team captain.

So who succeeds Blake as captain of Team Teal? Options abound, and speculation will surely pervade until the Sharks coaching staff reveals the answer.

It is logical to assume that one of the 2009-10 alternate captains will trade their "A" in for a "C." Both Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton had productive seasons last year and have been instrumental to the tea ...

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