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Jaromir Jagr Had Four Points Last Night

Kyle Scott - January 20, 2013

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"Don't get used to it, guys," Jagr told reporters in Dallas

It’s fitting that a guy the Flyers let walk during the offseason would open the season with a two-goal, two-assist performance and factor in the scoring on all the Dallas Stars’ goals in their 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Jaromir Jagr wants to show he has a little something left. The 40-year-old is off to a pretty good start.

Jagr scored twice, assisted on the game-winner and had a hand in all four goals in his Dallas debut, and the Stars opened the lockout-shortened season with a 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

"Too bad they signed him," said Radim Vrbata, who had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes. "For me, a Czech guy, that's what he does. He played in Czech during the lockout the whole time and you can see he knows what he's doing out there."

 

Golf clap for Jags. Still think the Flyers made the right move not signing him to a $4.5 million deal (what he got with the Stars), though. At some point in this condensed season age is going to catch up to him. But isn’t it funny how we now feel a tinge of nostalgia for a guy who used to get whistled at every time he took the ice in Philadelphia?

Video of his post-game presser, after the jump.

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Jagr Says Flyers Stiffed Armed Him in Contract Negotiations, But He Still Loved it Here

Kyle Scott - August 3, 2012

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I apologize for the slow start to the day, had some things to attend to. 

Jaromir Jagr, who, as we've learned, has an outstanding and somewhat demented sense of humor, spoke to Pavel Lysenkov (via Yahoo!) and had some interesting (and nice) things to say about the Flyers.

First, the decision to let Jagr walk (which I don’t necessarily disagree with) was made in part to leave to door (and wallet) open for guys like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Unfortunately, Parise and Suter will be having towel fights in Minnesota, the Predators matched the Flyers’ ballsy offer to Weber… and Jagr went to Dallas. That leaves the Flyers with, um… Ruslan Fedotenko, his oddly shaped head, and a whole lot more of Jakub Voracek.

 Jagr explains:

"I really liked it in Philadelphia, I wanted to stay there. But the Flyers started hunting for the big players on the market — Zach Parise, Ryan Suter. They needed some money under the cap and they said 'Wait a little, Jaromir…' And I didn't want to wait. This is when Dallas came through."

 

Don’t think Jags is worth $4.5 million at this point, which is what the Stars are paying him, but do think he’s significantly better Fedotenko. Maybe the Flyers should have had a better plan B. 

Anyway, Jagr has no hard feelings. In fact, he loved it here: 

"I have never seen a team like the Flyers. Everyone keeps together. Players understand the coach immediately. The year was such that there was nothing to complain about. We played some wonderful hockey. Just remember the series against Pittsburgh in the first round."

 

Must be the jam.

via Yahoo!

Jaromir Jagr Posts Odd, (We Think) Good-Natured Joke About Jakub Voracek

Kyle Scott - July 27, 2012

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Jaromir Jagr is a strange bird. He entertained us a great deal this past season, specifically with comments about Bryz and bears Pittsburgh, and this Tweet:

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He also wrote a blog for a Czech website, starred in a commercial as a fireman, and flexed for cameras.

Today, he posted a strange message on his Facebook page, seemingly taking a (good-natured) shot at his Czech mate and recently re-signed Flyer, Jakub Voracek, who inked a four-year, $17 million deal yesterday.

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Translated:

Dear citizens!

We want to inform you and ask for help. Two days ago in Philly robbery has become the value of the $ 17 million! If you have any information, don't be afraid to call the police. The thief is still missing! The last time he was seen in Montreal, everything suggests that he had an accomplice. The thief is about 188 cm, weighs 90 kilograms, zrzavější hair. An accomplice is older, handsome-with smaller belly and accent. Thank you for your help!

The Chief of the Czech police, Jarda Jágr 

 

Heh.  

Always a jokester, that Jaromir. 

Report: Jagr Will Become a Free Agent

Kyle Scott - June 18, 2012

This is not surprising, but is a mild shift from what Jaromir Jagr's agent told CSN Philly earlier this month– that the two sides were working on a deal and looking to get something done before the draft.

Of course, Jagr's agent could just be posturing by saying his client wants to be a free agent…

I'll let reader Joe sum up my feeling on the issue:

We all liked Jagr, but he hit a wall in March.

Jaromir Jagr Blogs About Losing to the Devils, Being Injured in the Playoffs, and Returning to the Flyers

Kyle Scott - May 30, 2012

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Jaromir Jagr continued his blog on this Czech website over the holiday weekend and he had some interesting things to say about the end of the Flyers’ season and his future with the team. Not interesting in the ohhhh he threw this player under the bus way, but in a wow, that was candid sort of way. 

Keep in mind, this is translated (I think), so some meaning gets lost:

On losing to the Devils:

I still can’t explain why we stopped skating, all of a sudden! Or why we were so weak, when everything had been ideal against Pittsburgh. I don’t understand at all how they could suddenly outplay us…

The matches were tight, but our overall performance was worse than theirs, that much is clear. Perhaps we had all been convinced we would win before the tie actually started. And that might also have been a problem.

None of our team had the drive and skating we had shown against Pittsburgh. The Devils’ players were much stronger at the boards, we were not helping each other and seemed to be scattered on the ice. It reminded me of a basketball match in which all of us are moving somewhere at the three-point line and wondering why we are unable to go after and snatch any rebound…

We were simply too dispersed. We were like a palm; they were like a fist. They were sticking together; we were like a hand with outstretched fingers. We really were feeling desperate at that time.

 

On being injured

As to myself, there were rumors regarding my injury. The fact is I did have problems with my thigh, it had happened during the last game against Pittsburgh, but then I had a week to get myself together. The thigh actually did not hurt that much during the games, so I don’t think I should use it as an excuse. 

But the fact is I could not train so much, I attended perhaps one training session. And when a man of my age misses five or six training sessions, it is felt … Especially if you take into account the pace of play-off games. But there is no use to dwell on it; injuries are part of play-off games. I wasn’t the only one. However, there was another thing that struck me.

 

On his future with the Flyers:

As to my future, we’ll see which way the winds will blow. There’s no reason to hurry. I do not intend to make any keynote statements now. There is some situation now, but what if Philadelphia decides to sign other free agents to whom it will give more chances to play?

In that case, it wouldn’t make any sense for me to stay. It wouldn’t be good, either for me or for the Flyers. For the time being, what I have said still holds true – I would like to spend another year in the NHL. But let’s see what will happen. A lot will depend on the direction the Flyers will want to follow.

 

There was more, about how much fun he had and his playing time, which you can read here.

H/T to reader Matt

Jaromir Jagr Stars in Czech Superhero Commercial

Kyle Scott - April 30, 2012

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Jaromir Jagr Blogs About The Penguins, Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2012

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Jagr's post-game celebration… sleeping, photo via his Facebook page

Jaromir Jagr penned his latest blog post on this Czech website. It’s somewhat mundane, but, as usual with Jagr, introspective and thoughtful.

Here’s what he had to say about the Penguins: 

"In any case, it’s a thing of the past now, and I’m not dwelling on it any more. And maybe what happened was for the better. This is destiny. If there had been more interest on the part of Pittsburgh, I might have gone there. And perhaps the season would have been over for me now…. Everything has its reasons."

 

Ouch. 

On Claude Giroux:

Claude Giroux played fantastically. I have been comparing him to Mario Lemieux since the beginning of the season; in my opinion, he has matured into a player who can decide games, including playoff ones, himself, just like Mario used to.

However, our opponents will pay much more attention to him now, after the series with Pittsburgh, much more than they used to. Which means he is in for tough times, but I believe he will cope with it well. In any case, it’s amazing how he plays. Especially now, when the nature of the game has changed, everything is faster and defensemen are bigger.

 

And on the Russian goaltender:

As to our goalkeeper, Ilya Bryzgalov, his performance in the decisive game was excellent. He had done very well in Pittsburgh before, but it was not so good at home. So I am happy he was able to prove he’s an excellent goalie to our home crowd as well. It’s good for his psyche.

 

There you have it. Stay tuned for hockey in, like, 12-18 days, or whenever the second round begins.

Jaromir Jagr Blogs About Sidney Crosby: “He Does Harm Only To Himself”

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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Somewhere, Mario Lemieux is punching himself in the dick. This must be so difficult for him– watching as his former mate brushes off his gnat of a star.

I truly don’t know what has happened to Jaromir Jagr over the last few weeks. He was quickly embraced by Flyers fans this season, but, other than The Jaromir Jagr Hockey School, there wasn’t one story that stood out, and Jags didn’t do anything extraordinary in terms of marketing himself (like, say, Scott Hartnell, Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino, all of whom are very active on Twitter and hardly camera shy). 

Something changed last week (for the better, of course).

Jagr joined Twitter and Facebook. Playfully taunted Ilya Bryzgalov with a “beeaaaars” chant during a post-game media scrum. Fired out one of the most genuinely funny Tweets you will see. Randomly popped up in a promotional video, flexing for Hartnell and Claude Giroux. And he writes his own blog for some Czech website.

While he doesn’t give us a ton of quotable material, his blog is certainly more insightful and lengthier than what his younger teammates are doing for the Flyers’ website and Philly.com. One item of note is Jagr’s take of the antics of Sidney Crosby. Hint: he doesn't have one.

There is a lot of talk now about Sidney Crosby and what he’s been doing on the ice. Some give it a lot of thought, others less. And I am a guy who does not care at all, I take no notice. He does harm only to himself. But every man is different, perhaps this helps him get into the game and play better.

But I don’t want to add any more comments; I really take no notice of it. In fact, when on the ice, I hardly know something like this is going on. I really want to focus on my game, to be as useful as possible to my team.

And that he swept Voras’ (Jakub Voráček’s) glove away with his stick? Well, it’s no big deal; one can pick it up a few yards further on… Sure, I understand there are people who take it differently, which is right. This is what the team is about. Every player is different, every team needs someone with a cool head to calm things down, but also players with an emotional attitude.

If everyone were like me, the team would get roughed up and beaten by others all the time; on the other hand, if all of us were short-fused, we would spend most of our game time inside the penalty box rather than on the ice. So this is what the team is about.

Personally, I don’t care about the “Crosby issue”. I even don’t know what newspapers have written about it. I believe we shouldn’t care; we should stick to our game and try to maintain the same excellent team spirit we have enjoyed throughout the regular season. There is no point in changing anything.

 

In effect, Jagr couldn’t care less that Crosby dislikes every. single. Flyer. He’s too busy scoring goals and tweeting about beautiful naked women. Plus he touches on a really interesting point: teams succeed because different players have different roles. Zac Rinaldo and Scott Hartnell stir the pot (Hartnell scores, too). Sean Couturier purchases the manhood of Evgeni Malkin. Giroux dangles. It all balances out. Unlike the Penguins, who have 20 goons of varying skills levels who start shit all over the ice and get so incredibly sidetracked talking about how much they hate the other team that they almost can’t recognize the fact that they’re down 3-0 and about to be sent back to their cribs for the summer. Oh wells.