SAN JOSE -- A newly published memoir by the always outspoken Jeremy Roenick puts his former Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau on a list of "Five Players I Hated During My Career," likely rekindling old friction.
The book, "J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey," also includes a chapter that elaborates on the issues Roenick had with Marleau's more laid-back style of play. And it provides a closer look at the incident where Roenick said the former Sharks captain put in a "gutless, gutless performance" in a 2011 playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Roenick, who skated for two seasons with San Jose before retiring in 2009, later acknowledged a poor choice of words, but didn't backtrack on the criticism beyond that. His overall portrait of Marleau depicts him as a highly skilled player who needs to show more heart and play with more edge.
Marleau on Monday seemed to take the criticism in stride.
"He's got his own agenda," he said after one of the informal practices he and a few teammates are holding during the NHL lockout. "He's saying stuff so people watch. I understand that. I don't have to like it or agree with it, but he's trying to get viewers like you're trying to get people to read the paper."
Marleau challenged the perception that he lacks emotion.
"I can see how people would think that because I'm very stoic," he said. "I tried to keep it controlled, but believe me, the
Much of the material about Marleau in the book written by Roenick and USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen is familiar. But there is also a new anecdote about the night Roenick was so frustrated that he drove to Marleau's house, hoping to inspire him.
"I could tell 10 minutes into our conversation that I was wasting my time," Roenick wrote. "He considered my arrival at his house an intrusion. He listened to me, but he never did anything to change the way he was."
Marleau remembered the visit, but said he didn't resent Roenick for showing up.
"I didn't mind that he came over. It showed support, which is great," Marleau said. "But it's kind of upsetting if he thought I took it the wrong way. I listen to my teammates and take into consideration what they have to say. I want to win just as much as him."