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