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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Sure, Roenick polarizes people in hockey circles to a degree few other NHLers have in the league’s history. Even the THN offices has its share of J.R.-loathers; when we caught wind of his looming announcement last week, there weren’t many tears being shed for a player whose best on-ice years ended when his stint as a Philadelphia Flyer did in 2004.
But focusing on the guy’s theatrics and dismissing his contributions because you believe all hockey players ought to be brainless drones with zippers for mouth-holes is a convenient way to overlook the stunning array of on-ice achievements that should make Roenick a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
In his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick put up two 50-goal seasons and three 100-plus point campaigns. He played in nine all-star games, two Olympic tournaments, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He retires as the league’s third-best American-born amasser of both goals (513) and points (1,216) and is the NHL’s 39th-best point-producer of all time.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I do have it on good authority that there won’t be any big-time distractions between now and 11 a.m. Thursday, so don’t hold your breath on those Dany-Heatley-to-San-Jose rumors leading anywhere just yet.
I also have it on good authority that Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t at all happy with the efforts in some parts of the media to portray him as a hockey exec who promised there would be major changes and has yet to deliver on that promise. Some of those same stories have suggested that means the pressure is on him to up the ante for Dany Heatley and do it in a hurry.
more on the Sharks and J.R….
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...
via Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Citizen,
A league source said Tuesday in Toronto that Dany Heatley will be traded to the San Jose Sharks “in the next two days”.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Thursday, August 6th at 11 AM PST at The Grill in HP Pavilion. The press conference will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California and the NHL Network, and streamed live at sjsharks.com and nhl.com.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has to decide if he’s serious about acquiring Dany Heatley.
League sources say the Sharks are the only remaining suitor for the disgruntled Senators winger after the Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the running last week.
But a deal won’t happen unless Wilson pays Senators GM Bryan Murray’s asking price — and pays it soon.
As first reported by Sun Media on the weekend, Murray confirmed he still has an “option” to fulfill Heatley’s trade request. However, indications are Wilson is dragging his feet and has to step up his efforts if a trade is going to happen this week.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
All kinds of chirping in the blogosphere about a three-way – kinky! – involving the Canadiens, Senators and Sharks.
It all began with a Bruce Garrioch item in the Ottawa Sun saying San Jose was interested in Dany Heatley but a deal would have to include a third party, likely the Canadiens.
Let the guessing games begin.The most fanciful speculation didn’t even include Marleau: Heatley to SJ, the Sharks’ first-round draft choice and – wait for it – Mike Cammalleri to Ottawa, Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff to Montreal.
Like Bob Gainey is going to trade Cammalleri, the free agent he signed on the day he let Alex Kovalev walk, to Kovy’s new team, which happens to be a divisional rival.
People, get a grip!
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
You’re probably wondering what the Sharks have to give up for Heatley. The Oilers’ aborted attempt might provide a clue. It was widely reported that the Edmontons offered Ottawa a package of three players — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid. This would be the rough equivalent to the Sharks offering up Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. One report in the Canadian media had Wilson dangling Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff for Heatley. Must not have been enough.
What would be? That brings us to Patrick Marleau, the Sharks’ captain. He also has a no-trade clause, with just one season left on his contract. He took a ton of heat, from me and others, for the playoff loss. Marleau said last month that he could accept the loss of the “C” on his sweater if it helped the team. But he has not mentioned whether he would drop his no-trade rights.
The precise reality is hard to pin down. But surveying the landscape, this is what the situation appears to be:
from Dave Pollak of the Mercury News,
I reached Devellano on Thursday and he pretty much re-created the Las Vegas conversation he said he had in late June with Wilson and Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
“We were at the NHL awards and had a drink together,” Devellano said. “I initiated it.”
Devellano said he advised Wilson and Jamison to resist the temptation to break up the team.
“Just tweak it,” Devellano said he told the Sharks brass. “You’re a team that‘s been pretty successful over the years. Maybe there’s a player that can’t get it done, but the one thing you can’t afford to do is just break it up completely. My advice is just to hang tough. See if you can’t add a player here or there. You might have to eliminate a guy. But don’t break it up.”
more from Devellano and Sharks talk too..
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
What I do have is a look at the front-office depth chart this month that listed the top four lines and three defense pairings going into training camp. I didn’t see the official board with my own eyes, but here’s how it was relayed to me by someone who has. Let’s just say I threw together my best guess at the right combinations and someone corrected my version.
Again, nothing is carved in granite, but it’s a starting point….
more on the Sharks…
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Jeremy Roenick has his happy ending. The Coyotes are still working on theirs.
Roenick will leave the game with his dignity, his milestone and his name in lights. And though he hasn’t announced his retirement just yet, it sounds as though the hard-checking star finally is checking out.
“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick said. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”
For 20 seasons, Roenick gave the NHL what it sorely needs: a marketable American with huge personality. He was flashy, on ice and off. He said lots of interesting things. He will leave as one of the better American-born players of all time.
continue for Roenick’s thoughts on the Phoenix situation and J.R. says Chelios wants to play for the Rangers…
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