Posted on: January 18, 2009 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2009 1:56 pm

Roenick speaks his mind

The Hockey News voted Jeremy Roenick, of the San Jose Sharks, the best interview in the NHL. Kudos to Roenick. Even in the article he speaks his mind and has some funny, spot on quotes.

“There are two ways players can be better interviews,” Roenick said. “No. 1: speak your mind. If you feel passionately about something, then grow a pair, grow a thick skin, and say so. Don’t be afraid that you’re going to say the wrong thing. If it comes from your heart, if you know that you’re right, step up and let people hear what you have to say.

“And No. 2: for christ’s sake – for christ’s sake – show some (expletive) enthusiasm during interviews,” Roenick said. “I see too many interviews where young guys say the same thing night after night after night. It’s (expletive).

“You know what, guys? Don’t just give us the usual clichés. Don’t do interviews where your eyes are just staring off into space when they should be looking into the camera. Say something funny once in a while! And if somebody scores a sick goal, it’s OK to say ‘damn, my teammate scored a sick goal!’ ”

On Sean Avery he's right.
“You can’t get personal in terms of race or gender, those kind of things,” said Roenick. “But there is a way to say the right things while still looking like you give a damn."

On Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
“Absolutely, it is the reason why he’s (Ovechkin) more popular,” Roenick said. “You know, Sidney reminds me a lot of Wayne Gretzky in the way he deals with the media. It’s like he’s watched tapes of Wayne as a kid and memorized all his lines. Wayne never went out of the ordinary in terms of what he said, and that was fine for him. But as a league you definitely need some of your key guys to step up and be colorful.

“Then you look at Ovechkin – his heart is on his sleeve, he’s out there smiling all the time, he’s talking during games, he’s jumping in the air after he scores, he’s not afraid to say what he wants to say during interviews.

“Every time he’s out there, he’s showing the people what a joy it is to play hockey. We need as many guys like him as we can get.”

Some thoughts about last night's game.
It was great, and I wish I could've seen it. Listening to Ken Kal and Paul Woods was awesome though, and they call a great game.
Yet in my opinion it should've been broadcasted nationally in the states. This game and the Pittsburgh-Washington game should've been available nationwide to all fans, not just those with Center Ice nor just the ones in the respective cities. Two great games that could've enticed new fans went largely unseen.
Also Patrick Marleau was onsides. See below. Many Wings fans are saying otherwise.


Still it would've been nice if Chris Osgood could've stopped either this shot or Milan Michalek's. Not to blame Osgood though. The defense is to blame in my opinion. Osgood didn't steal game, but the defense allowed the Sharks 43 shots at him.

Journalist, blogger George James Malik, mlive.com, is exhaustive in his coverage of last night's game.

What they'll say

Wings-Sharks post-game multimedia

Wings-Sharks post-game wrap-up
Posted on: January 17, 2009 10:12 pm

Big game in San Jose

Less than 30 minutes away from the big game, Red Wings - Sharks game tonight.

Here are some interesting stats.

San Jose is 32-6-5. Detroit is 31-7-6.
Since they met on December 18, Sharks are 7-2-2 and the Wings are 10-1-2.
Thursday night they both played. Sharks lost their first game at home this season to the Flames. The Wings shut out the Kings, 4-0, in Los Angeles.
Detroit has at least one point in a season-high 10 consecutive games, 8-0-2.
Both teams are now chasing the Boston Bruins which lead the League with 70 points. A San Jose win puts them back in the lead. A Detroit win and they will be tied with Bruins.

From the Detroit News:
Still, it's the first time to really assess the head-to-head matchup between the teams.
• The Wings were playing on back-to-back nights the first meeting, not to mention their fifth game in seven days. They had dead legs, and the Sharks took advantage for a 4-2 home victory Oct. 30.
• Meeting No. 2 was a different story. The Red Wings were energized and ready Dec. 18 in Detroit. And this time, it was the Sharks who were in the second half of back-to-back games. The result: a 6-0 Red Wings victory.
The advantage tonight still goes to the Sharks in terms of scheduling. The Wings will be playing the fourth in a five-game, 11-day Western swing. The Sharks have been home for nearly a week. But it still should be the best gauge to date.

But the Red Wings aren't worried about that supposed San Jose advantage.
"Most fair," Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson called tonight's game in comparison to the first meetings.
Said goaltender Chris Osgood: "It's difficult to judge teams' records because of where they came from, the traveling, the amount of games they've played in so few nights. But I think we'll both be on even terms (tonight)."

Still all this is just might be blog fodder, because I agree with the Red Wings head coach.
"People will make a lot out of this because it's something to talk about," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "But you and I both know that statements are made in May and June, not very often in January."

On the flip side the Sharks will be gunning for the Red Wings.

From the San Jose Mercury News:
Leave it to Jeremy Roenick to speak the unvarnished truth.
Do the Sharks have a psychological problem with the Detroit Red Wings?
"We did last year," the veteran forward said this week. "There was definitely a mental block."
Though other players would try to deny it, the Red Wings clearly have taken up residence in the Sharks' collective noggin. They have been there for years. And they will remain there — comfortable and smirking — until the Sharks figure out a way to evict them.
Tonight's game against Detroit is a chance to begin that process. A necessary step if the Sharks hope to hurdle the second-round barrier and contend for a Stanley Cup.

"You prepare like you would for a playoff game," defenseman Rob Blake said. "These games teach you what playoff games are like."
Baggage. Hurdle. History. Call it what you want, but it is definitely there. And tonight is a chance to start removing it.
"We're ready," Roenick said, "to get over that hump."

It should be a good game either way. This is also a game that should be seen on a national level.
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