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Alright snap out of it people. Yes , the San Jose Sharks did sign Jeremy Roenick. Many are asking Why ?, Where will he fit in ?, Can he still play ? The answers to those questions are.....

Why ?

Plain and simple, "Veteran Presence". This is something San Jose has lacked. Not to say they have not had quality vets on the team in the past, but a 9 time All Star, not quite. In the early 90's JR was one of the most lethal scorers in the league. At 5 goals shy of 500 how could a team pass up the chance to see one of the games greatest faces hit the 500 goal mark in there colors. JR can pass on a ton of wisdom to the youth of this team. Youngsters who thought they were locks at their given positions will have to work harder to not lose ice time to the seasoned vet. When this guy walks into San Jose's locker room the young kids will not see someone who is on his last leg in the NHL. Instead they will see a superstar that most of them grew up watching. Jeremy Roenick to them is still that star in some ways. Not many of these guys ever would have thought they would have a chance to play against him, let alone on a line with him. Now he may not be the 50 goal scorer he once was and he may be playing for a measly $500k this season, but the mentoring he will provide to the young men on this team is priceless.

Where will he fit in ?

This is a good question. San Jose for the most part is stacked up the middle. My guess is he will play the wing, where he has often played the last few seasons. He openly said he would gladly play 4th line center with only ten minutes of ice time, and be happy with that. However he said he is going to work his butt off to earn the most playing time he can. He will try to be a threat to the young guys over their positions, and battle them for ice time. That right there, is a guy who will fit in anywhere on this team. With the chance to play with some of the leagues best talent, JR is fired up for this season.

Can he still play ?

Well maybe not like he once could, but yes he can still keep up. Not having to play such a big role will give him a chance to concentrate on just playing his game. He does not have to be a leader or a superstar just a hockey player. He said he is making some changes this year, he will shut his mouth and just play, and he is going to prove he can still play the game at this level. He is highly motivated after receiving the call from Doug Wilson that changed his mind about retirement. With a chance to win the Stanley Cup he says he feels better than he has in the last couple of years. This season for JR is not about money or even the 500 goal mark, it is about winning the big prize that has eluded him through his career. He feels the Sharks give him his best chance at it !

All in all I am somewhat excited to see JR suit up and take the ice in the Shark Tank. There will be many non-believers who's minds will be changed I hope. No matter what, no one can take away the already brilliant career he has had. So here's wishing JR a great season on his way to scoring his 500th goal and a chance at raising Lord Stanley's Cup !
Filed Under:   Jeremy Roenick   NHL   Sharks  
September 5, 2007 5:35 PM ET | Delete
A a Flyer fan -- I cant wait to see him pot 500 -- the cup part of your blog -- not so muchNice job
September 5, 2007 5:35 PM ET | Delete
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September 5, 2007 6:06 PM ET | Delete
good job shark jr was still productive three years ago I still think he can still do the job.
September 5, 2007 7:59 PM ET | Delete
Everybody loves JR, he's funny, and great for the game. Loved the goal against Toronto to eliminate them, sorry Leaf fans...not! Good on JR, get 500 and perhaps Lord Stanley. Best wishes JR!
September 5, 2007 8:21 PM ET | Delete
i like the signing too. only thing i dont like is that this mean mark smith isn't not coming back. i think JR can fit on any line.cheech - joe - michalekclowe - marleau - berniergrier - pavelski - JRriss - goc - brownor something. thinking of line combos is too much fun with all these good guys
September 5, 2007 8:27 PM ET | Delete
nah im sure smithy will come back, we got to have a band on our team. i mean doesnt wilson want to here music once in a while. lol when he screams at marleau he needs to relax and listen to rock. okay that doesnt work to wel but yea. anywho the JR signing was great im sure this will be a wise chose lord stanley come to san jose
September 5, 2007 8:29 PM ET | Delete
the thing with smith though, is that him and the sharks agreed on money, the only dispute was playing time. I think he should still have to earn it (even if he was injured last year) and the signing for JR doesn't bode well for the smith camp in the ice time department
September 5, 2007 9:49 PM ET | Delete
well if jr goes to the wing then it does, because we lost two wingers in the of season so basically we could fit him in the third or fourth line
September 5, 2007 10:08 PM ET | Delete
I think hockey owes the sharks for signing this guy and giving us one more year of awesome quotes.
September 6, 2007 5:58 PM ET | Delete
agreed. roenick has one thing that most people frown upon when it comes to nhl players...a personality.
September 6, 2007 6:11 PM ET | Delete
JR is a fun guy to watch and listen to. I think he could make 3rd line center if he tries as much as he said he is going to. We will see. I find it interesting how it will pan out for the Sharks this year.
September 7, 2007 8:10 PM ET | Delete
you know, when the Coyotes killed the Sharks last season, JR had a hat trick and now he is signed. Bill Guerin had a hat trick within the month before he got traded to the Sharks. Kind of random. Too bad they couldn't get Ryan Smyth who had a hat trick in 2 minutes against the Sharks too.
September 8, 2007 7:54 AM ET | Delete
Yes JR has a personality, but he also needs to when to keep his mouth shut, something he has never learned. That being said, as long as he can accept being a cog in the machine and not being a star player anymore, he could certainly help the Sharks in the playoffs. Knowing JR, he is already planning his speech when he retires after winning the cup!
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