There is a little buzz in the media air courtesy of the mouth, Jeremy Roenick. In the Versus post game, Jeremy Roenick commented about Patrick Marleau’s game as a “gutless, GUTLESS performance by Marleau tonight. But we’ll talk about that later.” Pavel Datsyuk did make Marleau look a bit foolish before the dynamic Russian fed the puck to Nicklas Lidstrom who, courtesy of fellow Stromtrooper, Tomas Holmstrom and his patented deflection, scored to put the Wings up 4-3 in the third period. Here is the video.
This is actually old news. Roenick has never cared for Marleau, though they were teammates during Jeremy’s brief stint in San Jose. From last season’s playoffs and the mouth, after the Sharks dropped game one to the Avalanche:
“When’s Patty Marleau gonna come out and hit somebody in a playoff game?” Roenick asked incredulously. “When is he gonna come out and start showing why he was so good in the regular season? Not just scoring goals, but playing physical and being emotional in a playoff round. Look at the way Shane Doan came out in Game 1 against Detroit. He hit everything that he could possibly get his hands on to show his team how they need to play. When is Patrick Marleau going to do that in a playoff round?”
So…yeah…not exactly love in the air.
But, does Jeremy Roenick have a right to call anyone or anything gutless or question another NHL player’s on ice performance? If you asked LA Kings’ fans, the answer would be a resounding hell no.
Remember this is the same Jeremy Roenick that signed with the LA Kings, was paid 5 million dollars (some would call “stole”), came into the season completely out of shape and then half assed it throughout while blaming his skates and everything else for his lack of effort. Who can forget his comment thereafter where he admitted to giving “60 percent” out there.
So, whether you agree with JR or not, I think we can all agree that the title “hypocrite” can be added to his post NHL resume.