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.”
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).