San Jose Sharks: Why Rob Blake Should Give Up His Captaincy

January 7th, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks made a change at captain during the offseason, as they took the "C" away from five-year captain Patrick Marleau and gave it to second-year Sharks defenseman and 40-year-old Rob Blake.

When the announcement was made, you didn't hear any Sharks fans complaining, although many would have preferred the captaincy either to stay with Marleau or be given to defenseman Dan Boyle.

But now that we are past the half-way point in the season, the Sharks coaching staff, and the captain himself, ought to look to pass off the captaincy to a more deserving candidate.

Now, certainly nobody can argue the experience and wisdom that Rob Blake brings to the Sharks locker room, but so far in the 2009-10 season he has been playing below expectations.

Despite registering an impressive 45 points last year and a plus-15 rating, Blake has simply not been the same player this season.

Perhaps the Sharks captain is still recovering from an injury that caused him to miss a stretch of 11 games earlier in the year, but he has not been producing at his normal levels all season.

Blake has just two goals and nine assi ...

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