[POLL] Biased take on Roenick vs. Marleau

Well, Jeremy Roenick is an ex-King, so I am biased. In favor of Marleau.

Marleau: “Just because I don’t jump up and down acting like a buffoon on the ice doesn’t mean I’m not into it” | ProHockeyTalk

On Tuesday, the Sharks forward responded to critiques in Roenick’s new book by saying allegations of him not caring are false.“To say that I don’t care about my play or winning or being gutless is absurd,” Marleau told the San Jose Mercury News […].  […] Just because I don’t jump up and down acting like a buffoon on the ice doesn’t mean I’m not into it.”

I am picturing Jeremy Roenick’s embarrassing “dancing” on the ice during a Kings’ game.

Roenick’s book, J.R.: My Life as [a self-aggrandizing jerk who shows up fat for training camp and blames the skate sharpening guy for his own bad performances], includes a list of “Five Players I Hated During My Career.” Roenick put Marleau on the list — behind Rob Ray, ahead of Steve Ott […].

In 2011, Roenick blasted the ex-Sharks captain for a “gutless, gutless performance” in a playoff loss to Detroit. In 2009, Roenick […] drove to Marleau’s house one evening to confront him about a perceived lack of effort. Here’s the excerpt from the book:“[…] Marleau frustrated me when I played with him because I wanted more from him. […] He considered my arrival at his house an intrusion. He listened to me, but he never did anything to change the way he was.”

Maybe Marleau just didn’t accept your authority as a “leader.”

Marleau said he remembered the incident, but had a different take on it.“For anyone to think they are trying to ‘inspire’ me by coming to my home and giving me their two cents is comical,” he explained. “I will always welcome constructive criticism from my teammates, but I don’t have time for the ones who have their own agenda or are just trying to make themselves sound better.”

In honor of J.R.’s dick-headed list, I’m inspired to do my own. No, wait. Let’s make it a poll.

 

  7 comments for “[POLL] Biased take on Roenick vs. Marleau

  1. Kings of Hockeywood
    November 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Nice poll. I voted for Rick Tocchet, Dan Cloutier, Sean Avery, Rob Blake, Grant Fuhr, Jeremy Roenick, and Anson Carter. Here’s why:

    Tocchet: The Kings traded Robitaille for him (and Pavel Rosa woo-hoo). Robitaille should never have been traded at all.

    Cloutier: I don’t think an explanation is needed. Though he did win the one game I saw him play live for the Kings, in Columbus, February 2008.

    Avery: racist piece of shit was a total embarrassment to the franchise and the league

    Blake: For me, this is both times. In his first outing with the Kings, his BS contract demands showed what an egotistical jerk he was, but at least trading him brought Deadmarsh and Miller to the Kings. At the same time, the nail in the coffin was facing his Avs in the 2nd round that year and just failing to pull off the upset. In his second tenure, he clearly didn’t care anymore and was just there for the paycheck.

    Fuhr: McMaster traded one of my favorite Kings ever, Alex Zhitnik, to get him and then Fuhr proceed to go 1-7-3 in 14 games with a GAA over 4. The Kings missed the playoffs by one point, so had he been anything but terrible they would have at least made it into the postseason (where, I will grant you, they’d have been slaughtered by Detroit) and perhaps Gretzky would not have been so keen to ask for a trade the next season.

    Roenick: All the things Quisp said. What a douche. Roenick, that is. Not Quisp. Quisp is awesome.

    Carter: He was acquired to help an injury-plagued team stumble into the playoffs. Instead they set a team record for losing streaks (I went to 3 of those damn games too. Carter’s contribution? 1 assist in 15 games. Wow.

    The only reason I didn’t include Kevin Stevens is because Dave Taylor was able to pawn him off on New York to bring Lucky back.

  2. November 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I remember Roenick’s comments on Versus at the time (“gutless”). At the time, struck me as a personal issue between Roenick and Marleau that probably should have stayed in the locker room. It was tacky for Roenick to air that out on national television in his capacity as a commentator.

    Hipocrites never have credibility. I really hate listening to this guy. He seems like the consumate dick.

  3. Tyfighter77
    November 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Sturm played great for the Kings. He had great production per icetime. (I’m going off memory from last time I looked into it – it’s been awhile).

  4. USHA#17
    November 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Nice. Rosa would have also been a good fit.

    • November 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      I left prospects off. They’re deserving of their own poll.

  5. November 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    This poll is broken. I could only vote for Dan Cloutier once.

  6. Mik3ysfv
    January 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    The trade that sent Alex Zhitnik away for Fuhr Was a freakin abomination. Sam McMaster for all time worst general manager

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