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Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:22 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 3:35 pm
At the very least, the San Jose Sharks’ Game 5 loss allowed Jeremy Roenick to take another run at Patrick Marleau

Roenick, the former NHLer turned Versus analyst, called Marleau’s performance in the Detroit Red Wings’ comeback victory on Sunday night “gutless,” but the rips kept coming. 

“All in all 19 players of San Jose Sharks came and grinded it out and played very good game,” Roenick added. 

Here's a look at the video: 

Roenick then took to Twitter to defend his remarks, with explanation marks galore.

“Everyone can be mad at me for my comments. That's fine!!” Roenick wrote. “My opinions are mine and I’ve always voiced them! Classless? I’ve had worse said of me!! 

“Marleau has his fans and that's great! I am not one of them and won't pretend to be! I love the Sharks with a passion and think the fans deserve a better effort than Marleau has given in this series!!!”

It was a harsher assessment than when the Sharks took on the Wings, also in the second round, a year ago. 

“When is Patrick Marleau gonna come out and hit somebody in a playoff game?” Roenick said on a Candian radio station. 

Bitter much, JR? He played his final two seasons of his career with San Jose, the last on the Sharks’ Presidents’ Trophy-winning team of 2008-09. That run was cut off in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in a series where Marleau was chided for doing the “double flamingo” as jumped out of the way from a slap shot. 

Marleau’s captain’s “C” was yanked that offseason, but he remains one of the classiest players in the NHL and never outwardly sulked as Joe Thornton took over the captaincy. Marleau also didn’t stand out in Game 5, which I guess maybe you could note. He didn’t have any points, but he also finished even, although he did have two giveaways -- one less than Thornton. Sharks defensemen Ian White and Niclas Wallin, by the way, were both minus-3. 

"Jeremy Roenick only cares about furthering his broadcasting career," Sharks' broadcaster Randy Hahn said on Twitter . "His Marleau take was WAY over the line. Many bridges were burned."

Roenick, however, wasn’t the only former NHL player/broadcaster to rip the Sharks, but give Aaron Ward credit for not going the personal route. 

“Another case of 'Sanjoseitis'?” Ward, also a Versus analyst, wrote on Twitter . “New strand similar to ones seen in years past. Symptoms include choking and restlessness.”

-- A.J. Perez

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:32 am

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

JR always seems to have strong opinions and has no qualms voicing them in public. It might not be classy, but it makes good for good TV. When a team wins he praises them and when they lose, he says how terrible they were. All media is like that. JR is just a little more direct about it. I don't think the criticism will affect Patrick too much. I'm sure he's got very thick skin by now after all these years in SJ.

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:50 am

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

I really don't see what the big deal is, and why people are so upset about this.   I've been a fan of both Roenick and Marleau in years past, and if JR feels someone is playing "gutless", he has that right to express that.    I think Marleau's been a great player throughout his career and I'm sure he's not going to lose any sleep over a comment by JR.   I've heard far far worse things said about athletes that cross the line.   This doesn't seem to cross any lines that I know of unless I've missed something.

Roenick's best work was "Roomin' with Roenick" anyway.  Laughing

Anyway.... Go Bruins!  Smile

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:38 am

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

...PLUS...these premadonna's who play sports need to get a backbone. Dude, you make millions of dollars PER YEAR to play a freaking GAME that provides no intrinsic value to society other than entertainment. Then apparently no-one has the right to call you out when you don't perform up to expectations??? Really??? People can say everything about you and you'll take it. Why? Because you're in the public spotlight making millions of dollars that's why. Grow up and take care of business like a man....nuff said.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:32 am

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

Roenick's BA.....I support anybody who speaks the truth and doesn't p**yfoot around in fear of "offending" someone.  Our society has become so fragile....everybody gets offended at the sound of a fart.  Who cares?  Grow a backbone and be a man...take care of your business.  Nothing Roenick says about Marleau isn't the truth, is it???  Then why are people getting upset?  Can't we handle the truth?  Do we all need to be pampered with kid gloves?  Please.  People are pathetic worms. I love JR cause he's real and doesn't care about being " politically and socially correct".  Plus, there's thousands of NHL fans at home saying the same thing.  You say it at home, why can't you say it on the air???  Keep it up man....

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:18 am

Roenick: Sharks' Marleau 'gutless' in Game 5

That JR what a piece of work...One game he is a SJ slappy, the next he is criticizing.....Hey JR you never won squat!

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