Friday, October 21, 2005

Avs Decline Options on Sakic, Blake

From TSN.ca:
In a move to save some money under the cap, the Colorado Avalanche have declined to pick up the 2006-07 season options on forward Joe Sakic and defenseman Rob Blake.

The Denver Post reports that the team will save roughly $700,000 in cap space this season because team payroll is based on the combined average of a player’s total contract. Sakic and Blake signed five-year deals with Colorado in 2001 with a team option for a sixth year. They would have each earned close to $7 million had the options been picked up. Both will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, unless they sign contract extensions with the club before then.

Sakic, who was drafted 15th overall in the 1987 Entry Draft has previously stated his desire to finish his career with the Avalanche.
Never mind the last sentence, cue the Sakic-to-Vancouver rumors.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:18 AM


At October 22, 2005 11:44 PM, Anonymous the Cunning Linguist said...

As much as I'd love to see Sakic in a Nucks uni, I really can't see it. I think the whole 'option' thing is a carryover from the old CBA is it not? I heard somewhere that options are allowed under the new CBA. While I can see Blake moving on to greener pastures, I can't see Sakic retiring in anything but an Avs/Nordiques uni... Of course, if it were to happen earlier... ;)

At October 23, 2005 9:30 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Option years are no longer allowed in the new CBA.

I honestly think we'll see Sakic in the Avs uniform next year though it will be interesting to see the kind of offers he'll get from teams like the Rangers or the Panthers who have tons of cap space.

Blake's will also be an interesting case. Him being on an UFA means that there are four elite d-men on the free market at the same time (Jovo, Redden and Chara are the others).


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