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Blake reaches deal with Sharks

Updated: June 30, 2009, 1:45 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

San Jose defenseman Rob Blake has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with the Sharks.

Blake, 39, was scheduled to become a free agent when the period opened at midnight Wednesday. The deal is worth $3.5 million in base salary, plus bonuses.

Blake is returning to a team that was a playoff disappointment, exiting early for the fourth straight postseason, despite finishing with the best regular-season record.

"For me, it's the same challenge as last year," ...

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