According to reports, Jeremy Roenick wants to be an owner and face of an NHL franchise. A fair number of teams would be lucky to have him as a front office executive, and if Seattle has it’s day – he could be a part of an ownership group that brings hockey to the Pacific Northwest.
The National Hockey League has positioned themselves to expand to a 32 team league. The current alignment of teams has the Western Conference with two fewer teams than its counterpart in the East.
Despite reports that commissioner Gary Bettman was looking at expansion to Seattle as early as next season – he said in an interview on NHL.com that the league has no formal expansion processes in the works.
With the vacancy at the general manager position – and possibly the ability to help reshape a franchise in Buffalo – should Pat Lafontaine be contacting the former NHL all star and Hall of Famer (United States Hockey Hall of Fame) about the ability to be the general manager in Buffalo?
Jeremy Roenick is not one to pull punches with his feelings – having once told fans to kiss his ass in response to fan comments that NHL players are spoiled – but he was always open to the fans signing autographs and interacting when he could.
The fact that Roenick spent most of his career on the West Coast with a brief three year stint with the Philadelphia Flyers may tell me that he is more interested in joining a West Coast franchise – but if ownership doesn’t pan out for him right away – he could be convinced that building a winner in Buffalo is more alluring than being a part owner of a newly minted franchise.