Just when you thought that two straight terrible, sub-30-point seasons had torpedoed Jeremy Roenick's waning career for good, up step the San Jose Sharks to grant the guy one more tepid year in the NHL.
For $500,000, San Jose basically got Roenick for free, and that doesn't even seem like that much of a discount considering the whole league thought he was done for good (and probably should be). But whatever — J.R.'s probably just looking for somewhere sunny to pot five more goals and hit the 500 career mark, and if he puts up around 20 points with 4-line minutes while keeping guys like Ryan Clowe and Steve Bernier looking over their shoulders, hey: why the hell not.
Still, interested to see what Sharks fans make of this.
Also, new Falmes jerseys coming today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Can you feel the trepidation? Come on, firehorse.
UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Anonymous poster offers this alleged leaked pic of the new jerseys in the comments:
If they actually have those goddamned Alberta and Canada flags on the shoulder patches, I'm going to laugh and laugh. What the hell? Were fans complaining that they didn't know WHAT COUNTRY Calgary was in?
Otherwise, pretty nice. Like the red tie on the away jersey.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Yep, those are indeed Calgary's new jerseys (Photo gallery here). From the press release on calgaryflames.com:
“Among the enhancements, we are pleased to carry our National and Provincial flags on our home and road jerseys this season,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King.
“As proud Canadians and proud Albertans, our desire is to display the identity of our country and province and carry them throughout North America and the world. Our jersey incorporates our strong history, the latest in technology, and is something our players and fans will be proud to wear.”
Jesus. I'm amazed these managed to pass through the design meeting without getting a huge "Support our Troops" ribbon slapped on the back just for good measure.