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Jaromir Jagr’s quest for a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia starts with milestones in view

Oct 6, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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When Jaromir Jagr decided to come back to the NHL after three seasons away in the KHL, doing so with the Philadelphia Flyers was a surprise. After years of tormenting the Flyers while with the Penguins, Capitals, and Rangers was enough to make Jagr a hated man in Philly, but now he arrives as a potential hero as the Flyers aim to get back to the Stanley Cup finals and win it all.

With the Flyers kicking off their season on the road tonight in Boston (7 p.m. on Versus) it’s time for the 39 year-old Jagr to show that he’s still got his game and the skills he’s shown at the World Championships and Olympics in recent years are ones that still translate to the NHL.

Fortunately for Jagr, there’s one immediate carrot dangling in front of him in regards to NHL milestones. With one point tonight Jagr would hit the 1,600 point mark in his career and put him 41 points behind Joe Sakic for eighth all-time in the NHL. Jagr is also four goals shy of 650 in his career and 10 goals behind Brendan Shanahan for 11th all-time. Jagr is also 22 goals behind Luc Robitaille for 10th all-time.

If you’re a fan of big round numbers, if Jagr becomes an assist man this season he’s just 47 assists shy of 1,000 in his career. He’s just three behind the recently retired Mark Recchi for 13th all-time in helpers and 11 assists behind Doug Gilmour for 12th. If Jagr does get to crack 1,000 assists, he’ll be the 12th player in NHL history to do that.

As CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio finds out from the man himself, the records aren’t his motivation.

“I knew about the one point, but I don’t pay attention to it,” Jagr said. “How to explain it? Everything happens for a reason. That’s the way I look at it. Maybe because I went to Russia, I will be a better player even though I’m three years older (Jagr is now 39).

“Had I stayed here, I would have had different milestones. Playing here just to get the points? That’s not me. I want to play to be happy and help a team. Maybe I could have had 1,800 points by now, but that’s not me.”

The personal accolades will be nice for Jagr, but his main goal in coming back to the NHL is all about the Stanley Cup. After winning two Cups with the Penguins in the early 90s, the itch to do it all over again is strong and doing it in Philly would make him go from one of the most disliked players in the city to a hero. That wouldn’t be such a bad way to go out in your career. With Jagr on the east coast and Teemu Selanne out west, those of us that remember the early 90s fondly will have a lot of memories to flash back upon watching these two guys chase the same dream.

  1. blastfurnaceknows - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    It is truly a shame that such a gutless, selfish coward may rank ahead of such genuine class acts as Sakic, Robitaille, Recchi & Gilmour statistically in NHL annals. I’ve never rooted for a season to end prematurely, but this greedy sack of garbage sure is testing my will power in that regard.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Why do you care so much ha? Do you know Sakic, Luc, Reccin Ball and Dougie personally? How do you know they aren’t ‘greedy sacks of garbage’ ha? You need to calm down.

      • blastfurnaceknows - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        ILB215, thank you for allowing me to clarify. I do know Recchi and Luc personally. I only know “Dougie” (is that your nickname for him because you know him so well?) and Sakic by reputation. Most importantly, I have met and spoke with Jagr on multiple occasions. I also know his reputation in Pittsburgh, Washington and New York. I know many who have known him over the years. So, maybe you need to quit assuming that everyone who posts on here is as uninformed and unconnected as you. “Ha, do you think?”

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

        Yes. That is my special nickname for him. Because nobody else in the world named Doug goes by Dougie. And personally do you mean by an autograph session? If you really knew them you wouldn’t be posting here on PHT with the rest of us ‘uninformed and unconnected’ people like me ha. You should be paid for your time as an unofficial apologist for your ‘connections.’

  2. lsxphotog - Oct 7, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    I’m glad to see him back. He is of rare talent. Let’s not forget this guy racked up over 50 goals and 100 points on a regular season basis – and as recent as 05 and 06. He has grown a lot in his career but never lost sight of the business end of the sport. Can’t blame him for shopping around when other teams with a real chance show interest. Had he worn a Wings sweater, I would have been happier.

  3. phillytalk215 - Oct 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    blast furnace is a douche

    • blastfurnaceknows - Oct 10, 2011 at 5:52 PM

      Astute analysis home-school. Are you 12 or just another unemployable, unlikeable, uneducatable Filthadelphian? You know what, I no longer care, I’m bored of you already.

      • dcal4282 - Oct 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        Hey blast, since you seem to know so much, why don’t you elaborate on why you feel that way about Jagr?. What makes you so angry? Were you not hugged enough as a child? Did someone touch you in your bad place? Seriously, dude, you need to chill. Congrats on knowing Recci and Luc personally, i am sure that is a highlight for them as well.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

        Hey now. Remember, Blast is connected and personally knows them. I guess you follow them on Twitter too. Yous are boys.

  4. sillysporty - Oct 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    I think I seen dust out of jagr give it time and you’ll see he’s not worth it

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