Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Roenick signs with Sharks

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to the talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”
Well, this is a surprise.

Despite the reports of Roenick's retirement earlier this season, one got the sense that the lack of an official announcement meant he was looking to catch on with a bargain-basement deal somewhere for one last go, a chance to redeem himself after a few terrible seasons.

I'd thought that would mean he might find a league-minimum contract with a struggling, young team, so the fact he's found a roster spot in San Jose is a terrific outcome for him.

Yes, Roenick has played poorly the past two seasons, but the Sharks really have little to lose here and give a veteran a shot at finally getting his 500th goal this season.

Will that tally mark the end of his tenure in the league? It's certainly possible, but perhaps Roenick can still contribute on a third- or fourth-line role without being a distraction (as he often was last season).

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At 1:06 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger Danny said...

WHAA? Thats the dumbest move ever made. They have enough centers already.

At 1:16 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

I don't get it, why would anyone do this?

At 1:26 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Perhaps it's more of a tryout than anything; Roenick is only due to make $500k, so if he produces, fine, and if not, no huge loss.

It's not out of the question he comes in and can fit in on a good team.

At 1:40 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a cup contender waste $500K on a washed-up basket-case who has never lead a team to anything except the media scrum?

At 1:41 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger adam said...

It's an excellent marketing move, one I'd been hoping the Blackhawks would take advantage of. What a no-brainer (hence the 'Hawks reluctance, I'm sure).

He's 3 or 4 goals away from 500. The resulting coverage of that milestone will get the Sharks 'TV time' worth at least half of the $500k salary. And if it energizes him to a decent season, all the better.

At 1:49 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) This is a real head scratcher. Wasn't Wilson watching the same guy the rest of us were? JR is DONE with a capital D!
2) Perhaps there past relationship played a role, but a good GM shouldn't let sentimentality get in the way for sound personnel decisions.
3) In our opinion Roenick is a detriment, and an overall negative impact on a young impressionable Shark team.

At 2:20 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

I don't get it either. The clock has clearly struck midnight for JR as a player, and he isn't exactly the first guy who comes to mind when you think about a calming dressing room presence and a mentor for the young guys. JR has always been a "me" guy -- hence his desperate search for a team that will allow him to get his 500th. Every time I start thinking that NHL GMs must be much smarter than the average fan, along comes a goofy signing like this. He'll be done by Christmas, guaranteed.

Chicago could have sold some tickets with this signing, but of course Bill Wirtz couldn't market a bottle of water in a drought.

At 3:24 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully, he'll recognize that Thornton and Marleau are the 1 and 1a centers on this team and not be a distraction.

At 3:58 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the Sharks have so much cap room they can afford to waste $500 on Roenick? Is he being brough in to teach the younger Sharks how to throw a chair throw a hotel window?

At 4:37 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

Cap room is not what's being wasted-- actual money is! The Sharks have a budget, and unless things have turned the corner for them, they're still in the red financially. So throwing half a million dollars at JR is really perplexing. It doesn't sound like a lot of money compared to other players, but those are real dollars being spent. It doesn't make any sense to me.

At 11:01 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does this signing change the data on your posts 2007-08: Teams by position;A break down by age and salary and The collective bargaining agreement;Salary breakdown by age?

San Jose WAS one of the youngest teams - does adding one washed up man make a big difference to the overall average?

- desdemona

At 1:03 a.m., September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't win or lose games on average age. Also money is no problem since SJ is making minimum twice the JR's salary in promotion.

The real issue is how JR is fitting in this team? I don't have an answer and I don't think anybody do until the season is over.

At 3:04 a.m., September 05, 2007, Anonymous Jason Mandell said...

I guess i'm the only one who thinks this is actually a pretty smart move by Doug Wilson. The risk is extremely low here, and JR could give the Sharks the one thing they have been lacking in two consecutive years of disappinting 2nd round losses against teams they were superior to: a lack of mental toughness and an ability to bounce back from tough breaks and losses.

The one thing Roenick has is that he is a passionate, hard-working, give-all-it-takes player, and he knows this is his last chance to win it all. I can very easily see him becoming an important role player in a long playoff run where he provides much-needed veteran (i.e. 30+ which the Sharks very little of) leadership that can get them to 16 wins.

At worst, Roenick becomes a part-time player and perhaps retires before season end. At best, he's the final piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle.

At 12:51 p.m., September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What risk is there really...he could provide some spark at a very low cost. Possible scenarios: he works hard and reaches his milestone and retires (hopefully gracefully) if he can't keep it up, he doesn't reach his milestone and realizes - say around January - that he's way past his best-before date and gracefully retires in time for the team to use the money towards someone who will contribute more. It's all upside.


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