In 2009, Blake marked an improvement year with 10 goals and 35 assists in 73 GP, which ranked him 171st in pool scoring in the league, 15th among all blueliners. He marked a 14-point improvement over his last season in Los Angeles, which has to mean great things for the Sharks, especially since they have another good power play defenseman in Dan Boyle, already on the team.
|Joe Thornton||Dan Boyle||Evgeni Nabokov|
|Patrick Marleau||Rob Blake|
|Devin Setoguchi||Christian Ehrhoff|
|Joe Pavelski||Marc-Eduoard Vlasic|
|Milan Michalek||Brad Lukowich|
|Jonathan Cheechoo||Doug Murray|
The $3.5 million cap hit that Blake will weigh on the Sharks payroll is actually down by $1.5 million, so that has to make the Sharks management extremely happy. The Sharks now have 14 players signed onto their roster, but the cap hit is still rather high, sitting at $50.3 million (approx.). Among the 30 teams in the league, the Sharks have the second-highest average salary for players expected to be on their roster ($3.59 million), see the table above. This will likely wreak some havoc in signing some of the team's other potential targets, but some movement may also be on the horizon as well.