|Jeremy Roenick on MFB: ‘I’m very concerned’ about Bruins’ playoff chances||03.23.15 at 1:18 pm ET|
The Bruins currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but are just one point ahead of the Senators, who hold two games in hand.
“I don’t like the way Ottawa’s playing so well, and I don’t like the way the Bruins are playing. … I’m very concerned because if you look at the schedule, the Bruins have a very difficult schedule,” Roenick said. “I think Ottawa’s schedule is a little bit more lenient, and they have two games in hand.”
Added Roenick: “Sometimes you have to find things to rally around, and the Bruins have to find something. Because if not, their schedule does not bode well for them in terms of the schedule compared to Ottawa’s schedule.”
The most recent setback for the Bruins came on Sunday, when they lost 5-3 to the Lightning. It was their fifth straight loss when every point matters to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“They’ve had trouble scoring goals and they have to start scoring some goals,” Roenick said. “And to give up as many goals as they did yesterday is just unheard of.”
The Hall of Fame center believes that in order to turn their losing streak around, the Bruins will have to rely on the veterans in the locker room.
“I would get my leaders in the room, you know, they guys that have been there, the guys that are supposed to lead this team,” Roenick said. “And I would get them to inspire the boys, whether it’s verbally, whether it’s lifting their game up. You know, I was always a yeller and screamer, and I always responded to yelling and screaming. And I did respond better to it when it came from my teammates. And desperate times deserve desperate measures. I think a lot of guys would accept getting yelled at, screamed at to work harder if it meant they were going to make the playoffs and they were going to play better.”
If the B’s fail to make the playoffs, Roenick believes there will be consequences for the people in charge of the team.
“Missing playoffs always costs somebody their job,” Roenick said. “I hope that’s not the case, I think [Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli] have been very good. But I would worry about Chiarelli’s job if they miss, because if you look at the trade deadline, not enough was done at the trade deadline to bring in the type of players that are needed for that last push, and that’s going to be brought down on Chiarelli.”
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|Jeremy Roenick on The Big Show: Vancouver is now the villian||06.07.11 at 6:25 pm ET|
A day after the Bruins’ convincing victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, former NHL pro and current Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick was a guest on The Big Show to discuss the changing momentum in the series.
“I truly believe that [the Bruins] can, and they will tie this thing up 2-2 by the end of [Wednesday] night,” Roenick said. “A message was sent by the Boston Bruins by Denis Seidenberg, by Milan Lucic, by some of the guys that needed to make a statement last night: if you guys want to play like this, we are all in.”
Roenick also shared his thoughts on the perception of the Bruins’ opponents. “The Vancouver Canucks are now the villain in the United States. They are the villain because of the way they played, because of [Alex] Burrows, because of [Aaron] Rome.” Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron‘s finger in Game 1, and Rome was given a five game suspension Tuesday after his hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3.
|Jeremy Roenick on The Big Show: Tim Thomas needs to play better||05.27.11 at 5:34 pm ET|
Versus hockey analyst and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick joined The Big Show show Friday afternoon to talk about the decisive Eastern Conference finals Bruins-Lightning Game 7 matchup. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.
Though Bruins goalie Tim Thomas will likely win the Vezina Trophy for the year’s best netminder, Roenick said he needs to improve his play for Game 7.
“I really don’t think he’s been very good in this series,” Roenick said. “I think he has to find a way to be just a little bit better, a little bit sharper. He doesn’t have to make saves like he did in Game 5. That was probably one of the best saves I’ve ever seen. But he has to find a way to keep this team, Tampa, down to two or three goals, because if he gives up another five goals, I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do anything.”
“He’s got a stick made of Jell-O,” Roenick said. “Kaberle doesn’t have a very good shot. He’s a playmaker and a very good playmaker. He shouldn’t be at the top putting shots on net. You should have Dennis Seidenberg up at the top pounding the puck on net, Kaberle on the side dishing the puck to the net.
“I think Kaberle played his best game maybe of the playoffs his last game. But I don’t think he’s been very good in the playoffs at all, not to mention since he’s come over from Toronto. He’s got to up his game another level. He hasn’t been in the playoffs for seven years. He’s got to show it a little bit harder tonight, but he’s one of those guys who can make a difference if he just makes the simple play and the right play like he has for many years, which has made him so good.”
|Roenick, Hatcher headline US Hockey HOF class||07.22.10 at 2:37 pm ET|
Thayer Academy alum and Boston native Jeremy Roenick will be inducted into the the US Hockey Hall of Fame on October 21, USA Hockey announced Thursday afternoon. He joins former coach/executive Lester Berglund, defensmen and brothers Derian and Kevin Hatcher, and Dr. V. George Nagobads.
The eighth overall pick in the 1988 NHL draft, Roenick and the Blackhawks made it to the Western Conference finals in his rookie year and in 1992 reached the Stanley Cup finals but were swept by the Penguins. Roenick never won a Stanley Cup in his 20-year career that also saw stops in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Jose.
Roenick had 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games for 1,213 points. The outspoken center was a nine-time All-Star.
The younger brother of Kevin, Derian Hatcher was selected in the same draft slot at Roenick but two years later, going eighth overall to the Minnesota North Stars in 1990. Hatcher played two seasons in Minnesota and 10 more with the Stars following the franchise’s relocation to Dallas. As captain of the Stars, he led the team past the Sabres in the Stanley Cup finals in 1999.
When Hatcher’s contract expired in 2003, he the Michigan native took a five-year deal with the Red Wings, but was bought out after just one season. He played his final three seasons with the Flyers. In 1,045 games, Hatcher totaled 331 points and 1,581 penalty minutes.