Monday, October 08, 2007

Blake diagnosed with cancer.

Chronic myelogenous leukemia, to be exact, supposed to be highly treatable, and he's in the earliest stages. I hope that he fares well.

I sort of question of the wisdom of disclosing this when the identity of our starting goalie for the season opener was deemed TMI. Apparently the less we know, the better (I mean, what's really going on with Wellwood?).
He's publicly stated that the diagnosis will have no effect on his playing ability. For his sake, I hope so, cause I don't really see the pressure of playing in Toronto easing at all even with a bombshell like that. Now's probably the time he could use a free pass.

I wouldn't be surprised if JFJ gets skewered by armchair critics for what appears to be a failure to do his due diligence. On the other hand, I am a bit skeptical of the claim that he was diagnosed "very recently." I'm not saying he withheld information during negotiations, or that we shouldn't have signed him. I'm just saying: I don't think we found out the same time he did, which seems to be distinctly implied in what I've read, anyway. Not that he owes us anything.

Best of luck to him in his treatments and hopeful recovery.


Isleschick said...

At times like this I leave my dislike of him at the door and wish him the best.

Jordi said...

This tiny Habs fan wishes him luck, something like this has nothing to do with who he is beforehand or after.