San Jose Sharks sign veteran centre Jeremy Roenick to one-year deal

Despite media reports earlier this summer that he was going to retire, Jeremy Roenick has instead signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks.

“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said Tuesday in a statement. “We feel he can add something to the talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”

The 37-year-old centre struggled to a 28-point season last year with the Phoenix Coyotes. His 11 goals and 17 assists followed a similar disappointing season in 2005-06 when he had 22 points (9-13) in 58 games with the Los Angeles Kings.

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The two-time 50-goal scorer is only five goals short of 500 for his NHL career. He has 1,170 points (495-675) in 1,252 career games.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to play for the San Jose Sharks,” said Roenick. “They have a great team and I look forward to helping this group compete for the Stanley Cup.”