GLENDALE Jeremy Roenicks latest shots at Patrick Marleau didnt come as much of a surprise.
Marleaus reaction to Roenicks latest criticism, written on Roenicks blog on NHL.com on Thursday, was also not very shocking.
No, its not worth my time, or anything, replied Marleau, when the subject was broached after an afternoon practice in Glendale, AZ, where the Sharks will face the Coyotes on Saturday night.
REWIND: Ex-Shark Roenick rips Marleau -- again
When asked what went on between Marleau and Roenick when the two were teammates on the Sharks, to spawn repeated negative comments from the future Hall-of-Famer-turned analyst, Marleau said: Its not even worth talking about.
After calling Marleau gutless during the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, Roenick once again questioned Marleaus drive in his blog about the Sharks recent struggles, saying: You're not going to get any consistency out of Patrick Marleau because he can't find it in him to get angry, mad, ticked off enough to help lead this team out of the doldrums."
When asked if it irks Marleau to have someone question, essentially, his professionalism, Marleau said: I dont even pay attention.
So, thats that.
VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.
Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.
Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.
Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.
Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.
Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.
Several Vancouver Canucks are battling an outbreak of the mumps ahead of a game on Saturday with the Sharks at Rogers Arena.
At least five players are expected to miss the game. Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result, general manager Jim Benning said in a statement, but Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund “have each presented symptoms.”
Players with symptoms are “immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative.”
Vancouver Coastal Health authorities were on hand at Rogers Arena on Friday to screen players and staff, and issue immunizations if necessary.
The Sharks and Canucks will both be coming off of their bye week when they play for the second of five times this season.