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Jaromir Jagr’s crush on Claude Giroux grows ever stronger

Nov 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

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The kind of thing Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux have working this season is something fun and special to watch. Jagr started the preseason off comparing Giroux’s skills to that of Mario Lemieux and while we were all pretty quick to write that off as teammate tire pumping, the way the two are playing together makes you wonder if there’s more than a little truth to that.

After beating Carolina last night, Jagr was again eager to praise Giroux for what he’s doing this season.

“I love to play with him,” Jagr said. “I think he’s the top – I don’t want to say he’s the best right now in the league, but he’s top three for sure. I never thought at the end of my career I was going to play with a guy like that. And that’s what’s made me happy.”

Keeping 68 happy is a good thing to do given his past and history of being mercurial in nature. At 39 years-old now, Jagr probably doesn’t have time to be moody and he’s enjoying the ride with the Flyers this season. And why not? The team is the highest scoring team in the league and Jagr is having a lot to do with that. Giroux, however, is the straw that stirs the drink in Philly. Good thing those two are on the same line.

It’s nice to see that Jagr could find someone new to bond with after his buddy Michael Nylander didn’t make the cut in preseason. You have to sometimes worry about those older guys and whether they’ll find a new guy to roll with. If Jagr and Giroux continue like this they might get to drink from the Stanley Cup at the end of the year.

  1. areyesrn - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Giroux became a star in the 2010 playoffs…

    • kellyb9 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Giroux was a star all season that year. It’s good to see him getting the attention that he deserves.

  2. philsosexy - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Giroux really is a to the player in the league…no question, if you don’t think so than obviously you haven’t seen much of him. 2nd in the league in goals and points. and he’s only going to get better

  3. jeffro33 - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    In other news, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are….

    Oh wait, haven’t heard a thing about them.

    Gotta love watching these guys play. It was very interesting to see how the changes panned out this year, and early on you have to say that Holmgren knew what he was doing in handing the keys to this franchise to Giroux, JVR, etc.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Don’t forget Ville Leino!

    • danphipps01 - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      I never thought it would pan out. I honestly thought they’d shot the best player on the team out of a cannon in a knee-jerk move after the sweep by Boston. But they’re the best I’ve seen them since the 2010 glory run, and their goaltending is a good deal more consistent, too. They’re going to go far again this year.

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