Found an interesting article on Freep.com, and to think I used to like Jeremy Roenick. I dont know where this guys gettin this stuff but it sounds like sour grapes too me, when's he gonna retire. Shouldn't he be more focused on why his Sharkies chocked in the first round AGAIN, instead worrying about Babcock and the Wings. Roedick ain't nothing but a washed up punk, looking for sometime in the spotlight.
Any way here it's:
According to Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick -- who, please remember, was eliminated from the playoffs in round one -- Wings coach Mike Babcock dislikes Americans, and Chris Chelios in particular.
That was what Roenick told Mike North & Dan Jiggetts this morning on “The Monsters in the Morning” show on Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago.
• Roenick, on why Chelios isn’t playing: “The coach just doesn’t like him for some ungodly known reason, I think he’s got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all.”
• Roenick, on issues between Chelios and Babcock: “There is an underlying, I don’t know if it’s a hatred, because hatred is a strong word. But there is some underlying issue there that I don’t understand. You know Babcock is the coach. You have to respect him for his decisions on who he plays, and that is all well and good. Sometimes it’s just the verbal stuff that goes back and forth, from what I understand. Cheli will never complain. He is the ultimate professional. He will do whatever the team needs.”
• Roenick, on the treatment of Chelios from Babcock: “If you’d know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn. Just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable. I wish I could elaborate, but that’s not proper. It’s just disrespectful.”
I asked Chelios about the comments, and he laughed and laughed.
“How does JR know anything -- is he playing?” Chelios said. “The last time I talked to JR was a few weeks ago, and it was about his charity pool party in Vegas. I don’t know what JR is talking about.”
Here's the thing. If I hear the words "Roenick claims", they could be followed by any combination of words in any known language, and I doubt I would be surprised at what they were, considering who uttered them.
Roenick should have chosen his words better. I mean everyone on this board knows Chelios is pissed about being benched. Everyone knew Hasek was pissed about being benched. But frankly neither of them is mad at Babcock for it. The only way the team works is if you subscribe to the best player plays philosophy. I mean we know in reality the Vets get alot of preference but really what do you say to a guy like lebda? You been playing great, your the 6th best defensemen on the team and earned the spot, but im benching you for Chelios cause of his name (i think experience factors into winning the job in the first place).
Chelios is a pro he realizes the only person he can be mad at is himself. If he was playing like the 6th best Dman he'd be in the lineup. Period. Chelios and to a lesser extent Hasek knew that. Its part of the winning philosphy and Chelli will be rewarded with another cup ring and his name on the cup again this year as he absolutely is a part of this team just as much as lebda. Gotta play it fair.
Atleast get your insults correct. We choked in the 1st round for the first time in almost a decade. The 2nd round choke job is the Sharks usual memo.
Well, the insult was mainly aimed at Roenick, I think. I generally like the Sharks, and have a hard time identifying Roenick with that team. He reminds me of those past-their-prime women who still dress like their teenage daughters, and have a face lift every other year.... (a roundabout way of saying he's shallow and removes all doubt of stupidity by speaking)