"This guy is the Jaromir Jagr of defensemen."
Peter McNabb's quote when the Avalanche acquired Rob Blake couldn't have been more accurate.
Blake was in his prime, and was a force both offensively and physically.
Adding Blake at 2001's deadline was the final piece to the puzzle for Colorado, and he scored an impressive 19 points in 23 games en route to the Avalanche's cup.
Blake became a mainstay on Colorado's blue line, and for a while there it was assumed he would retire an Avalanche and probably have his number retired.
Ultimately, Blake chased the money which left a foul taste in the mouth of many Colorado fans.
Never the less, Blake is one of the Avalanche's greats, amassing 62 goals, 208 points, and a plus-55 rating in his five seasons in Denver.