Tag:Jeremy Roenick
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:37 am
Edited on: March 9, 2012 9:48 am
 

Pregame Skate: Southeast slug race crawls on

Florida just looked behind and saw the rest of the division on its heels. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Pregame Skate is back. Every morning for the rest of the season we're going to take a look at the games that have the greatest significance in the push for the postseason for you to digest while you drink your java. We'll throw in some miscellany for the fun of it.

7 ET, Florida at Pittsburgh

The Panthers continue to go back and forth. One day you are thinking they are pretty secure in their playoff chances, the next they are getting blown out 5-0 on the road in Philadelphia as they were on Thursday.

As a matter of fact, this first-place team in the Southeast Division (really) has lost its last two road games by a combined score 0f 12-0. So really, the last thing they want to see on the schedule is the second half of a back-to-back being on the road at the Penguins. They're only 22-8-2 at home and have won seven straight, nothing too impressive.

Florida still does have the benefit of games in hand -- although they lose that tonight in their battle with the Capitals -- but their grip on the Southeast is no stranglehold. The Caps and Jets are just two behind them and the Lightning are five back with a home-heavy stretch to come.

You'd think they would have to start playing better beginning in Pittsburgh, but in all honesty they might not have to in the Southeast. A .500 finish could get them in and they have an even home/road split to the finish. But it certainly would behoove them to play better, that's for sure.

They have handled injuries all season in Florida, but the most recent one seems to hurt more than most have as leading scorer Kris Versteeg remains out with a hip injury.

9 ET, Winnipeg at Calgary

Two Canadian bubble teams, doesn't get a whole lot better in March than that.

The Jets are going to have to prove they can pick up points on the road if they are going to make the playoffs this season. After failing to do so on Thursday night in Vancouver, they have a bit better of a shot on Friday at the Flames. As mentioned above, they have a struggling division leader only two points ahead of them and others champing at the bit behind.

But the Flames are in a similar situation. They have the same point total at this point as the Jets but the race for eighth in the West is slightly better. Hey, I said slightly. Whereas the Jets are tied in points for that last spot, the Flames are three back. They also have two teams in between them and the Sharks.

This certainly isn't a loser-leave-town match (or in this case leave the playoff race) but it's a big opportunity for each to get points against beatable opponents. How else would you describe bubble teams this season?

7:30 ET, Los Angeles at Detroit

The L.A. Kings; the latest victims of the streaking Blue Jackets. Poor Jeff Carter just can't win when he's in Columbus.

If that challenge was tough, wait to see what the schedule has in store for them on Friday night: a trip to Hockeytown, USA and a date with the Red Wings. You wouldn't think that an optimal destination to pick up points in the race for eighth out West.

L.A. has seen a bit of an uptick in scoring recently but it is still mostly feast or famine for them. In the last seven games they have four wins and three losses. In each of the three losses they scored one goal, in each of the four wins they scored at least four. There's not a whole lot of middle ground there.

However, a win not only puts Los Angeles ahead of San Jose and into a playoff spot for the moment, it would actually pull the Kings even with the Coyotes at the same time in points and games. So not even a loss to Columbus could dash their hopes.

Others worth watching

8:30 ET, Rangers at Chicago: Here's the question I have: Can the Penguins actually catch the Rangers? By night's end Pittsburgh could be only four points back of New York. The Blackhawks will try to help revive the Atlantic race.

Your promised miscellany

  • Thursday's Winners & Losers
  • Speaking of those streaking Blue Jackets, coach Todd Richards sounds like he's enjoying the Jack Johnson-Jeff Carter swap. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Jeremy Roenick remains not a big fan of Patrick Marleau's abilities with his old team in San Jose. (CSN Bay Area
  • Wait, now Don Cherry might be silenced by the NHL? Boy, the next Coach's Corner is going to be good. (Toronto Sun)
  • With this empty-netter last night, Max Pacioretty became the first American to score 30 in a season for the Canadiens. He's turned into quite a player.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

PenguinsBy: Adam Gretz

When defenseman Kris Letang had to leave Wednesday's game in Dallas after being on the receiving end of a big hit from Stars forward Eric Nystrom, the biggest concern for the Penguins had to be whether or not their best blueliner suffered another concussion. He's already missed more than 20 games this season due to one concussion, which came after a hit by Montreal's Max Pacioretty. The Penguins have had their share of concussion-related issues this season including injuries to Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, Arron Asham and, as already mentioned, Letang.

Following Thursday morning's practice in Denver, where the Penguins will play the Avalanche on Saturday, coach Dan Bylsma revealed that Letang is in fact suffering from concussion symptons and will return to Pittsburgh on Sunday for more observation.

Nystrom received a two-minute for roughing on the play, and there was much debate as to whether or not he would face any supplemental discipline from the NHL. Brendan Shanahan, vice president of player safety, announced that Nystrom will not face any additional discipline.

Wrote Shanahan on his official Twitter feed, "Our view is that Letang lunges forward just prior to contact and although it appears that the chin is grazed by the side of Nystrom's arm, the right chest and shoulder of Letang remain the PPOC (principal point of contact)."

NBC's Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick were among the people debating (screaming at each is more like it) whether or not Nystrom should face discipline, and it's probably a shock to anybody that is familair with his opinions on these matters but Milbury was actually on the side of supplemental discipline. Roenick, however, wasn't hearing it as the video below (via wyshynski) shows:



It's a tough play to judge, and it's impossible to figure out what Nystrom's intent was, but it does seem a bit interesting that after facing mounting criticism earlier in the season for the number of suspensions he had been handing out during his first months on the job, the amount of supplemental discipline coming out of the NHL offices has slowed down considerably. You could argue that players cleaned up their act, but there have been plenty of examples of plays that drew punishment earlier in the season but have been overlooked in recent weeks and months.

Two such examples: Ottawa's Kyle Turris and his hit on Boston's Joe Corvo last week, and David Clarkson's charging incident on Monday night.

Either way, the potential loss of Letang for any length of time is a big one for the Penguins. With him they are a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. Without him ... they're probably not.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Video: Letang injured after hit by Nystrom

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:53 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Kane is a three-time All-Star at age 23. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Chicago Blackhawks are in one serious tailspin. They have lost nine games in a row. Heck, coach Joel Quenneville and the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery just got a vote of confidence. That's never a good sign. If a GM has to do that, then you know things aren't going well.

It has people thinking that the Blackhawks need to go out at the trade deadline and find some help for their defense or possibly even the goaltending.

Former Blackhawks star and current NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick is in the group that sees a serious need to upgrade the goaltending. Seriously upgrade the goaltending, as in somebody that would be worth trading Patrick Kane. Seriously.

Check out what J.R. had to say to ESPN Chicago.

"Everybody knows I am a huge Patrick Kane fan, but when you're talking something of this nature, is Patrick Kane dealable? As much as I don't want to say it, they can afford to get rid of Patrick Kane," Roenick said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "They can afford to -- with the season he's having -- maybe with his off-ice reputation, maybe with the skill they have on their team -- it's doable.

"Do I like it? No, because I love Patrick Kane. He is one of the most talented and one of the best players in the NHL. But if you really want a top-end goaltender you're going to have to give up somebody."

OK, playing along for a minute here, let's pretend that the Blackhawks do consider trading Kane for goaltending. We'll just have some fun here. Who could they get? First team that jumps to mind for me is Vancouver and Cory Schneider, but I just can't see those two teams making a swap like that with their animosity.

In the East the Bruins have two goalies but with Tim Thomas' age, you wouldn't think they'd be keen on getting rid of Tuukka Rask.

What about a favorite trading partner of Chicago lately, the Florida Panthers? They have who many call the best goaltending prospect in the league in Jacob Markstrom and some stellar young defensemen in the organization. Of course Panthers GM Dale Tallon knows Kane well and he is certainly young enough to fit into Tallon's long-term visions.

Even still, from Florida's perspective, I don't know if even Kane would be enough to part with Markstrom.

But that's all suspending our disbelief. It was fun for a few paragraphs but back in reality there's no way the Blackhawks are trading Kane for goaltending right now.

This slump right now in Chicago is bad, but it's not THAT bad.

More from Eye On Hockey

Quenneville, goalies get vote of confidence
Updating NHL Trade Deadline Rumor Mill

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Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:01 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

Roenick played six seasons in Arizona, some in this awesome old Picasso jersey. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Phoenix, you might have your knight in shining armor to save the damsel in distress that is your Coyotes franchise.

As long of a shot as it might sound initially, Jeremy Roenick is considering getting involved in the action to buy the NHL-owned team, one he played on for six seasons spread over two stints. That's what he told Roc and Manuch on Phoenix's 1060 AM The Fan.

"I have been involved with a group that is trying to get into the game," Roenick said when asked why he wasn't involved. "I do have people in New York that are friends of mine that are ready and willing to wait and see. But everything moves at a snail's pace. I have been involved in the background.

"I do have people that are willing to look at it and have to go behind it. But getting involved with the National Hockey League ... you know it's kind of a boy's club. We'll see what happens.

"The team is very, very interesting. If you can somehow find to get ahold of the building with the team then it becomes a different scenario."

The NHL has said that there are two interested buyers with a third suitor lurking too. The first two suitors are believed to be former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison and Chicago businessman Jerry Reinsdorf but neither have been able to gain much traction.

Is J.R.'s involvement tied in with one of those bidders? There is this nugget from the Arizona Republic's Lisa Halverstadt.

Retired center Jeremy "J.R." Roenick said he was approached weeks ago by ex-San Jose Sharks Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison, who has expressed interest in the team. Roenick has since asked business associates if they would also be interested.

Now that doesn't mean that Roenick has hitched his wagon onto Jamison's train. It could also mean that he was piqued and then sought his own investors, making Roenick the rumored third suitor. That would seem to be the case after Roc from Roc & Manuch reported that he received confirmation that Roenick isn't in Jamison's group.

One thing is for sure, they better get moving a little faster than a snail's pace. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of time left to get a resolution worked out in Phoenix.

How great would it be for the fans in the desert? Most importantly they would get to keep their team where they are but it would also be kind of cool to be rescued by a former player. He could pull a Mario Lemieux and save the franchise.

UPDATE: Before you get too excited, Roenick tried to dampen the enthusiasm on Friday. "Everyone is blowing this way out of proportion. I have a group that wants to look at it."

H/t to Mike Grose

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:35 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Ex-WADA head buys Laraque; Roenick: 'No steroids'

By Brian Stubits

Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque opened up a can of worms this weekend when his book The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy came out. I mean, he damaged the good name of the Great One, saying Wayne Gretzky wasn't good, let alone great when it came to coaching.

Oh, and something about players taking steroids too.

Yes, Laraque dropped the "S word" and now the conversation is open. That's not say it shouldn't be. Quite frankly, it should have been a bigger talk for years in hockey, much the same as it has been in baseball. But for some reason, it has been a very quiet conversation.

It is a conversation that former World Anti-Doping Agency head Dick Pound started a little bit back in 2005. That's when he estimated about 1/3 of player in the NHL were doping. The numbers seems a bit high, even for many of the cynics. So it comes as no surprise that Pound isn't ... um ... surprised by Laraque's claim that players are doping, more than the enforcers.

"Anybody who pays attention to these things already knew that," Pound told the Canadian Press on Monday. "The only organization in denial was the NHL.

"When you see some of the stuff occurring on the rinks these days, you don't know whether you're dealing with people who are playing the game in a steroid rage or not, but some of these head shots are not accident."

Pound continued by discussing the NHL's drug-testing policies, something a colleague described to me as the "most lax PED policy in pro sports."

"They still don't test in the off-season," Pound said. "If you've got an IQ higher than room temperature, you know they can do this program for a number of weeks and have the stuff all flushed out of your system and still get the benefit of it.

"If you know you're not getting tested before the season begins, it's an invitation to do it in the offseason."

That's the biggest criticism of all, the dark period of testing. From the end of the season until it begins again, players aren't under any kind of microscope.

But not everybody agrees with Laraque and Pound on this matter. We point you to naive crowd over in blue corner, led by the always opinionated Jeremy Roenick. Not only does he not believe the better players are doping, he doesn't think ANYBODY is doping. This is what he told The Score in a recent interview.

"I think the steroids, I think he was referring to two different things, one, I think maybe in the late 80′s/early 90′s when the fighters were as prevalent, they were a dime a dozen, there might have been a little bit more of…something to happen. I can tell you right now that steroids is not an issue in the National Hockey League whatsoever. There is no steroids whatsoever, across the board in the National Hockey League."

That's quite a stand to take. You can probably tell by my tone that I don't agree. Maybe I have grown to be one of those cynics, but I just can't believe that nobody is using PEDs in hockey. But there has only been one player caught under the current testing framework, Sean Hill with the Islanders back in 2006. The cynic says that shows how bad the testing policy is. The clean-believers say that shows the game is clean.

If any of the players currently in the game have seen them, they at least aren't saying as much.

"I was in the dressing room pre-lockout for training camp. Never heard [about it] nor saw it," Maple Leafs veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "I've never, ever seen it."

Senators enforcer Zenon Konopka was even more vocal about it, even taking a shot at Laraque.

"I don't know what his reasons are to define it as a problem, but it's like most things in life that people don't get enough information and shoot their mouth off about something before they get all their facts," Konopka said.

"I think Georges probably should have done a little more fact-finding himself before making comments that maybe he'll regret."

Are we headed down a path that will take hockey in front of Congress? Probably not. But you better believe that if nothing else, Laraque just reopened the conversation.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Jeremy Roenick doesn't want to hear about Crosby

By Brian Stubits

You know one person who is fed up with the Sidney Crosby talk? Jeremy Roenick.

Last night on the Versus extra postgame show NHL Overtime, which was preceded by NHL Live (I was waiting for "NHL After Dark" to come on next) he let everybody know about it. Clearly, J.R. has been pushed over the edge by questions about the recovery of probably the world's greatest hockey player.

Throughout that entire rant, I focus on Roenick's fellow talking head Ed Olczyk, watching to see if his will truly explode. At one point you really think he's going to raise his arms and try and strangle Roenick. The entire show had that tension hanging around. Let's just say there are a few kinks to iron out and chemistry issues to work on.

To the debate at hand: Roenick is speaking for a lot of fans on this one. While in his full-on crusade against asking questions, his tirade probably hits home with some. The Sidney Crosby talk has, indeed, been a bit wearisome.

But to not ask any questions at all? That's when things start getting out of hand. Case in point: Over the summer when Crosby was not doing interviews and no word came from his camp for months, I was beginning to hear serious rumors Crosby was going to retire. In the last week the drum was beating on Crosby possibly getting cleared for contact on Tuesday.

Without asking Crosby, those things fester and spiral out of control. The irony of it is that the insanity of so many updates on him and hearing him answer the questions actually keeps the recovery talk sane.

Plus, you know, Crosby is kind of a big deal. Just don't tell Jeremy Roenick about it.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:55 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

FlyersFansBy: Adam Gretz

Philadelphia sports fans have a tough reputation, and I'm not talking about some tired, overplayed story about booing Santa Claus over four decades ago. They have high expectations, not only in terms of on-field success, but in the way they expect players to play. They can be a tough crowd, and Jeremy Roenick, who spent three years with the Flyers between 2001 and 2004, has been finding that out on Wednesday after his appearance on a cable TV show.

Roenick, while appearing on Jay Mohr's Fuel TV show, Master Debaters (no, we're not making that up) was involved in a discussion about the most annoying fans in sports. After referencing the now infamous Santa Claus incident, Roenick brought up the Flyers game where a fan reached over the glass behind the penalty box and tried to grab at Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi after he squirted the fan with a water bottle. Roenick then described Philadelphia fans as "crazy, crazy sons of b***ches."

Flyers fans were not amused, and have apparently been sending the nine-time All Star some hate mail and hate Tweets throughout the day, prompting Roenick to go on the offensive, 140 characters at a time, on his official Twitter account. Here's a brief excerpt of the madness.

There's a ton of Twitter shorthand in here, so please try to follow along as best you can -- it's rough, I know -- but you should get the gist of what he's trying to say. I think. Maybe.
Let's rephrase the question to u uneducated people giving me crap! The ? Was who r the worst fans! Not worst fans supporting their own team. Worst fans to play in front of as an opponent. The hardest fans to please cause of their devotion to their sport. U can't argue w me. Phili is the toughest on visiting team and their own players that don't work hard or pull their weight. U guys will bo(o) a player out of ur City if ur a slacker and a bum and don't work for the emblem on the front of the phili jersey no matter what sport it is. So all u idiots tweeting me w uneducated hate mail wake up and tell me I'm wrong. Cause I think phili has on of the most loyal fan base In the world for their own teams and only the players that give their heart and sole for them. Period end of discussion. I gave my heart Sole and body for that sweater!
My heavens. And it's been like this all day. Roenick went on to say, again, 140 characters at a time, that he he went through five concussions to give his heart and soul for the teams he played for, that fans don't see the commitment involved from a professional athlete, and that he also feels that Philadelphia has the most loyal fan base out there, and that his comment wasn't directed at all of them ... just the people that were giving him a hard time on Wednesday. You can read all of his Tweets by clicking right here.

If nothing else I think there are two lessons to be learned here:

1) It's probably not a good idea to refer to Philadelphia fans as "crazy S.O.B's" unless you want to hear from them.

2) You're probably not going to win an argument with an angry sports fan on the Internet.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 5:42 pm
 

NHL '12 legends are complete

By: Adam Gretz

EA Sports unveiled the final two players for the NHL '12 legends feature on Thursday, and they are former Penguins center Mario Lemieux and Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe.

With these two names finally announced we now know the nine players that will be included: Lemieux, Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios, Ray Bourque, Jeremy Roenick, Borje Salming, Patrick Roy and Steve Yzerman. Almost all of the names are relatively recent, and it's hard to really believe something is celebrating the NHL's "legends" when it doesn't include a player like Bobby Orr, for example.

The only two players that appeared in the NHL before 1979 are Salming (he played for the Maple Leafs starting in 1973) and Howe (he made his NHL debut in 1946). Everybody else started their careers within the past 30 years. Still, it's an interesting part of the game that will allow users to add these players to any team.

You can check out the trailer featuring Lemieux and Howe at the EA Sports website.

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