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Jaromir Jagr skates with new teammates, discusses spurned Pens fans

Sep 17, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

Amid the angry reactions regarding Jaromir Jagr‘s supposed betrayal of Pittsburgh Penguins fans by signing with Philly, many ignored the fact that he was often booed mercilessly during returns to the Igloo. Surely those same fans must have felt their blood boiling today, as Jagr put on that orange, black and white jersey for the first time.

Jagr is just one of several players who will wear a Flyers uniform for the first time in regular season games next season – especially if youngsters Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier make the squad. The Philadelphia Flyers stand among the NHL’s most radically altered teams, so it’s probably important to note that head coach Peter Laviolette will experiment with line combinations during training camp.

That being said, some might have been surprised to see Jagr skating with what would be the top line to start things out. Here’s what the first day forward lines looked like, via CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio.

James van Riemsdyk -Claude Giroux-Jaromir Jagr
Scott Hartnell-Danny Briere-Jakub Voracek (staff had been thinking Jagr there)
Max Talbot-Michael Nylander-Wayne Simmonds
Jody Shelley-Blair Betts-Andreas Nodl
Brayden Schenn by himself

NHL coaches are known for tweaking their lines and Laviolette is no exception. With that in mind, Jagr could bounce around the Flyers’ lineup but before and during the season, especially since it is conceivable that he could work alongside Giroux, Briere or even former Rangers running mate Nylander. Still, Giroux wasn’t shy about expressing his excitement about skating alongside Jagr, a player he once looked up to.

“When I was a kid, I looked up to (Jagr) because he was obviously one of the best young players to ever play,” Giroux said. “So, anytime you have a guy like that on your line, it’s pretty exciting. He’s that kind of player who knows how to score goals and is always in good position to get open. He’s been in the league for a long time, so anytime you have a player like that on your line it’s good. I’ll be playing with JVR too, so I was playing with two strong guys.”

Regardless of his linemates, Jagr will likely be booed heartily in Pittsburgh when he makes his first-ever appearance at Consol Energy Center on December 29 (health permitting). Jagr addressed the many angry Penguins fans who were let down when Jagr ended his flirtation with a return to Pittsburgh by signing with the team’s cross-state and divisional rivals.

Finally, here is footage of Jagr putting on that Flyers jersey for the first time.

  1. rc21pa - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    I have some kind words for you Jagr as well. May a 100 mph slap shot hit you square in the face and knock your ego inflated head off. If you would have paid attention to what was going on in Pittsburgh you should have seen that the fans where welcoming you back. But your head was so far up your butt, you didn’t see anything. Then you sign with the cross state rivals. 28 other teams in the league and you sign with the biggest rivals. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID and when someone knocks you slow butt out you will know why I will be cheering every single time.

  2. blastfurnaceknows - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    It is not the Pittsburgh fans you should apologize to, you egotistical, money-first, nonsense-spewing, gambling-addicted, classless tool. It is Lemeuix, who you OWED some level of class (I know that concept is foreign to you). I hope Philly’s investment in you turns out to be as much a waste as your legacy in Pittsburgh now is. Know this, too, you are never welcome back now.

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