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Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 10:16 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz

Jaromir Jagr is going to make his first appearance in Pittsburgh as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Penguins' chief rival, on Thursday night, and he knows he's going to be walking into a hostile environment (well ... as hostile as the Consol Energy Center can be).

Jagr, of course, spent 11 seasons as a member of the Penguins and helped the franchise win its first two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, while he also won five scoring titles and an MVP award during his time. He's still the second best player in franchise history.

He was eventually traded to the Washington Capitals following the 2000-01 season for the uninspiring return of forwards Kris Beech and Michal Sivek, as well as defenseman Ross Lupaschuk. The trio scored a combined 13 goals for the Penguins. Jagr has since scored 218, including his 11 this season as a member of the Flyers. During his many returns to Pittsburgh over the years while playing for the Capitals and Rangers, he heard plenty of boos whenever the puck was on his stick. Not necessarily because he no longer played for the Penguins (though that was surely part of it), but for the manner in which he exited (the words "dying alive" were used).

This past summer when it was believed that Jagr may be interested in returning to the Penguins, as had been rumored multiple times during his three-year stay in Russia, Penguins fans and the Pittsburgh (and national) media were captivated with the free agency pursuit and the potential for him to return to the Penguins and finish his Hall of Fame career with the team that it started with. And then everything hit the proverbial fan when Jagr not only didn't sign with the Penguins, he signed with their hated cross-state and divisional rivals.

Jagr addressed the media on Wednesday and talked about his return, and didn't always take kindly to some of the questions he received from the Pittsburgh media, much of which was left off the NHL video posted above. When asked how he felt he was going to be received by the Pittsburgh fans, he responded with, via the Post-Gazette, "What kind of question is this? Everybody knows how I’m going to be received." When asked how he has fit in with the Flyers so far he added, "I don't know, you tell me"

In an interview with Flyers beat writer Anthony Sanfilippo he was quite candid when talking about the Penguins fans, and how he simply can't comprehend the amount of dislike and anger they now have for him, even taking a page out of the Ilya Bryzgalov "just be happy" school of thought.

Said Jagr, “I just don’t understand one thing when I read it. How, in a situation like that, can there be so much bad attitude and anger from those people? I don’t get it. What kind of world are we in right now? That’s (bleeping) scary. We should be in a world with a lot of love. Instead there’s one guy, who is 40 years old, who is almost done, and he’s causing all that (animosity) over hockey? My brain just doesn’t understand that."

There's never a lot of love when the Penguins and Flyers face off, and that's probably not going to change on Thursday -- on the ice or in the stands. Especially the first time Jagr touches the ice and the puck.

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

If you read my post, no where in the paragraph was there anger.  So you should be pointing your fingers elsewhere.  You inferred whatever meaning incorrectly.
You never said anger, that is correct.  However there is negative overtones.  You don't like him for what he "supposedly" did, but didn't really do, and whatever you're feeling...whether it be anger, animosity, hatred, disgust, malice, discontempt, disappreciation, whatever it may be, deserves more to be towards the organization and not the player. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

I don't understand why the Flyer fans booed Rick Toccet or boo the crap out of Crosby?  It is sports, you have passion for your team, that is why.  It happens all of the time. Why should Jagr be any different? He is a whiney little baby the feels Pittsburgh ows him something?  He was paid while he was here so he is owed nothing except the treatment of playing for the enemy.  Max Talbot scored two huge goals for the Pens but I would boo him too.  I don't blame either man for taking the money if Philly wanted to over pay them, but I would not treat them as anything but a couple of nasty old Flyers.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

If you read my post, no where in the paragraph was there anger.  So you should be pointing your fingers elsewhere.  You inferred whatever meaning incorrectly.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

But go ahead and boo Jagr and believe hes the guy who "turned his back" on the team, if it makes you sleep better at night.


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Is that why the Capital fans boo Jagr too?, the way he was playing there it looked like he *turned his back* there too.     



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Giroux is a beast ....complete player.
A definite bonus for the Flyers.
Should be an entertaining game ...can't wait  
  



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Nobody talks about Malkin, and I don't understand why?
Didn't Malkin have a big article last week about the "Most Dangerous Player In Hockey Right Now"?  Pretty sure he did.

Watch out, Claude Giroux is coming back to the house he owns tonight.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Would this be the same franchise that unceremoniously traded Jagr in a salary dump manuver ?  I don't remember the Penguins trying to get Jagr back from the Capitals or Rangers or his european squad.  But go ahead and boo Jagr and believe hes the guy who "turned his back" on the team, if it makes you sleep better at night.
Exactly; eye for an eye.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Big one tonight baby !! I love Pittsburgh/Philly games. Jagr is a turd ...Philly is a good city for him. I bet Pittsburgh smashes the Flyers tonight ....who needs Sid when you have Malkin. Nobody talks about Malkin, and I don't understand why? The dude is a beast. I think he isn't appealing to the mainstream media becasue he doesn't speak English well, and he looks like he ran a 100 yard dash in a 90 yard gym. He's one ugly dude, but thats what you want in hockey right?




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Instead, you went money.  That's the state of the world.  Money.
It's called value.  Look at the season he is having, and the Penguins weren't willing to give him his true value?!? 

You should be placing your anger on Penguins management, not on Jagr.  At what he got and what he is contributing, he's getting his fair value.  Penguins undervalued him and he rejected their offer rightfully so. 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Jagr talks Pittsburgh return, Penguins fans

Would this be the same franchise that unceremoniously traded Jagr in a salary dump manuver ?  I don't remember the Penguins trying to get Jagr back from the Capitals or Rangers or his european squad.  But go ahead and boo Jagr and believe hes the guy who "turned his back" on the team, if it makes you sleep better at night.


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