After playing beyond the expectations the San Jose Sharks had for him and even for himself, Jeremy Roenick decided he wants at least one more shot at a Stanley Cup championship with the team. Yesterday, he announced he will be back for the 2008-2009 campaign, his 20th season in the National Hockey League. The Sports Network (TSN) reports that the new contract will be for $1 million.
We go back 16 days and that was when the Sharks' promising season came to an abrupt end. Brenden Morrow shattered any championship dreams San Jose had by scoring in the fourth overtime of a 2-1 Game 6 victory for the Dallas Stars on May 4th to win their Western Conference Semifinal playoff series. Obviously, Roenick wasn't satisfied with ending his career on such a memory with a bitter season-ending defeat.
There certainly were some memorable moments for Roenick in his first season with the Sharks. On November 10, 2007, he scored his 500th NHL goal against the team he played for a year ago, that being the Phoenix Coyotes. Then there was his 1,300th NHL game on February 9th in Nashville and notching in 1,300 NHL point on March 28th in Anaheim.
But his biggest game in a San Jose uniform came when he put together a 4-point night (2 goals and 2 assists) on April 22nd to propel the Sharks to a 5-3 series-deciding Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
"I'm so happy to say that I will be back for another year," Roenick said from the team's "State of the Sharks" session at HP Pavilion. "Super GM Doug Wilson and myself agreed to a deal the other day and I can't tell you, I am so ecstatic."