That and the article in the Philly paper this am were very sad. To have him talk of retirement when he is still very good and one of the true characters that bring life to the NHL is sad.
Say it aint so JR.
We're going to lose the bulk of our roster sooner or later...
Mark Recchi: 36 years old
Eric Desjardins: 34 years old
John Leclair: 34 years old
Jeremy Roenick: 34 years old
Tony Amonte: 33 years old
Keith Primeau: 33 years old
Even assuming everyone besides Roenick stays healthy, all these men should be in retirement within 3 years.
Hopefully, just in time for our young guys. I think you're right about Roenick though. He may open his mouth without thinking a lot but I also don't believe he'd be talking about it if he wasn't contemplating it.
Sad to hear from a hockey perspective, but it's crazy how many injuries in the past week or so have been good news for the Leafs...normally all the injuries happen to the Leafs, so we're upset about them. lol
Hopefully this is just him being a little cautious and he changes his mind, he adds to the league in his own special way, both positive and negative, but definitely a guy the league is better with than without.
I agree, it's extremely sad to hear. Love him or hate him, Roenick is a class guy, and one of the best personalities the game has now. I would hate to see him retire, but seeing what a great personality he has, It would be horible to see a "freak" injury take that away from him.
My prediction is JR will return for the playoffs and play like a man on a mission. JR sees this team as his best chance at a cup(regardless of what cynical Flyer fans may say, this is how JR sees it.), and I expect him to do everything he can to win it this year.
If we somehow win it this year JR would likely retire, and he'd go down as a legend in Philadelphia.
I don't know. On the rare occasion when I tie on a good one, I find myself swearing off liquor the next morning like Pat Robertson does Satan. When I find myself completely incapacitated, I REALLY mean it - for a couple of days. I'm not a big drinker by any means, but I've been known to tip a few from time to time.
My point is that I am going to wait a few days until JR has a chance to think about his situation. If he feels he's had enough and wants to retire, then so be it - after all, it's his life. But count me as one who will be surprised if he chooses to bow out.
I'll stop talking about the Flyers franchise in general and stop to say that I do have an enormous amount of respect for Roenick, seeing how he's my favorite Flyer and probably my favorite NHL player. He's not afraid to speak his mind, and has an extreme amount of grit that no one else in the NHL could match if they were his age or in the same physical shape that he is due to his series of concussions.