ROENICK IS THE KING OF L.A. OUTSPOKEN FORWARD IS ACQUIRED IN A TRADE.Byline: Rich Hammond Rich Hammond
Los Angeles Daily News sports writer. Instrumental in bringing the Los Angeles Kings hockey organization closer to the fans. He is the atypical "what a guy" to Kings fans everywhere.
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EL SEGUNDO El Segundo (ĕl sēgŭn`dō), industrial city (1990 pop. 15,223), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1917. Its products include navigation and computer systems, aircraft parts, office machines, telephone apparatus, and - Jeremy Roenick's hockey talents are exceeded only by his ability to create controversy with his mouth, so if nothing else, the Kings are certain to talk a good game this season.
The Kings made their boldest move in years Thursday when they acquired Roenick and a 2006 third-round draft pick from the cost-cutting Philadelphia Flyers The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). for nothing more than ``future considerations.'' In Roenick, the Kings received a nine-time All-Star and one of the sport's most dynamic personalities.
Roenick, 35, a seven-time 30-goal scorer, is under contract only for this season, at $4.94 million. Roenick, an Arizona resident, said the Kings were his first choice when Flyers management approached him Wednesday about waiving his no-trade clause after that team signed Peter Forsberg to a large contract. (born July 20, 1973, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who is currently a Free Agent.
``I'm an L.A. kind of guy,'' said Roenick, who would accept a trade only to the Kings or Phoenix and said he would like to sign an extension with the Kings. ``Those who know me will understand that.''
In the first 15 minutes of his introductory news conference, Roenick mocked himself - ``I get diarrhea of the mouth quite often,'' he said - skewered the rival Mighty Ducks
Mighty Ducks is a half-hour Disney animated series aired on ABC and The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1996. Twenty-six episodes total were produced. - ``I think we're going to kick their (butts)'' - and delivered a spot-on impersonation Impersonation
wore the armor of Achilles against the Trojans to encourage the disheartened Greeks. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Prisoner of Zenda, The of Luc Robitaille This article
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Roenick's talent and sharp tongue Noun 1. sharp tongue - a bitter or critical manner of speaking
tongue - a manner of speaking; "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue" should help the Kings generate some excitement as they attempt to create some positive publicity after the costly 10-month lockout lockout, intentional closing up of a company, factory, or shop by an employer to prevent employees from working during a strike or labor dispute. The term lockout , but it's not always laughs with Roenick.
In June, Roenick created a firestorm when, speaking of fans who blame players for the lockout, he said, ``We don't want you at the rink, we don't want you in the stadium, we don't want you to watch hockey.''
Roenick, who also said such fans could ``kiss my (butt),'' claimed his comments had been taken out of context and referred only to a minority of fans, a point he again made Thursday.
``I love the fans,'' Roenick said. ``I never said I didn't want the fans to come back. I specifically made reference to certain people who have a lot of hatred and a lot of jealousy toward pro athletes, people who probably don't even come to the games in the first place.
``Real hockey fans are important, and those people are going to come back in droves. I would never tell the fans to stay away. If they stay away, then most of what I play hockey for is out the window.''
Flyers fans adored Roenick because of his toughness. In 2004, Roenick broke his jaw and suffered a concussion but missed only six weeks and led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
``He's a great competitor and ... a unique personality,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. ``I think he's made for our market. He's going to help make sure that hockey gains some headlines.
``I like players that have passion, as long as it stays within the team concept.''
Roenick brings a combination of celebrity and talent that the Kings arguably haven't featured since Wayne Gretzky Noun 1. Wayne Gretzky - high-scoring Canadian ice-hockey player (born in 1961)
Gretzky left town in 1996. Roenick, a deft playmaker play·mak·er
A player in a sport with goals, such as a guard in basketball, who initiates offensive plays.
play and scorer, twice totaled 50 goals early in his 16-year career and had 19 goals and 28 assists in 62 games last season.
Kings general manager Dave Taylor said he made a phone call to Flyers GM Bob Clarke
``This is a little bit like Showtime, like what the Lakers had (in the 1980s),'' Robitaille said. ``He's one of those guys, like Magic (Johnson). He's the total package and he's exactly what L.A. needed.
``We're going to be on the front page (of the newspapers) every day, good or bad.''
Roenick did nothing to play down his loose-cannon image. He playfully fueled the rivalry with the Mighty Ducks - ``Does Anaheim have a city? Are there any big buildings there?'' he said - and said his goals for the season were to play well enough to earn a contract extension and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
The signing of Roenick would seem to diminish the chance that the Kings will re-sign Ziggy Palffy. The Kings now have roughly $30 million committed to this season's roster, but Taylor said he continues to have discussions with Palffy's agent and would not rule out signing the winger.
Given that the Kings also signed Pavol Demitra Pavol Demitra (Born November 29, 1974 in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia) is a Slovakian professional ice hockey player. He plays left wing and centre. He is currently playing for the Minnesota Wild. Playing career
Pavol Demitra currently plays for the NHL's Minnesota Wild. , they might focus on defense instead of signing another winger such as Palffy. In either case, Roenick said he believes Taylor has put together ``a team to be reckoned with'' and Robitaille said he now considers the Kings to be championship contenders.
``I feel great,'' Roenick said. ``I think the year off has saved my career. I think it added maybe two or three years. I had time to sit back and relax and get a new drive for the game.''
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(1 -- color) Jeremy Roenick gives the thumbs-up sign during a news conference after the Kings acquired him in a trade Thursday.
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(2) Jeremy Roenick is a nine-time NHL NHL Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, see there All-Star. He helped Philadelphia reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.
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