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Jaromir Jagr’s comeback won’t be a one-year wonder

Nov 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Seeing Jaromir Jagr return to the NHL this season has been fun to see. After all, getting a future Hall Of Famer to come back to the NHL after a few seasons abroad is good for getting the game here some attention. Even better still, Jagr says that his comeback this season won’t just be a one year thing.

CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio gets the word from Jagr that while he’s not talking about a contract extension with the Flyers as of yet, things are going well enough in his return to action that he’s not even contemplating being done with hockey after this season. Jagr says that being a mentor to younger players and the thrill of the playoff chase in the NHL are things he can’t just give up so easily.

After all, at 39 years-old you couldn’t blame Jagr if he wanted to hang it up after coming back this season but with the success of other 40+ year-old players like Teemu Selanne and Nicklas Lidstrom, you can’t blame Jagr at all for thinking big. It’s pretty clear that he can still play and play very well in spite of his age.

Of course, that choice to keep playing could all hinge upon his health or perhaps even the Flyers winning a Stanley Cup. For now though, we’ll celebrate the fact that Jagr won’t just be done with the game after this season.

  1. bluesrawesome - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Im glad he’ll play another season. Now next season he just needs to play for St.Louis. we are all very lucky to see some of the best players of all time play Lidstrom, Selannne and Jagr. Is it just me or does any one esle think Detroit will be ok to terrible once Lidstrom retires?

  2. lsxphotog - Nov 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Jagr’s return to the league has been enormous for me. I grew up with Bure and Jagr on my wall. I always used his stick (still have his KOHO hanging up) and wore 10 or 67 (in between Lemieux and Jagr). He had a big impact on my playing and my interest in hockey from the day I started playing. Now he’s back. I’m still playing and still remembering what it was like to look up to those guys. I am glad to see he is still a great talent and I hope some little kid out there is looking up to his skills as well. I hope he’s back for a couple more years.

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