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Jaromir Jagr isn’t a big fan of Verizon Center

Dec 13, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr is doing a pretty good job of taking jabs at teams he used to play for.

With the Flyers set to take on the Capitals tonight in Washington, D.C. Jagr was asked by Dave Isaac of Philly Sports Daily about his memories of playing at Verizon Center as a member of the Caps. Jagr didn’t waste any time in discussing what he didn’t like about it.

“I don’t like that arena much,” said Jagr. “I’ve not really had luck there. It’s a tough place to play, even if I was in Pittsburgh and New York. It was always tough. But hopefully we can stay on winning.”

That’s about as good of a backhanded compliment as you’re going to find. Jagr spent two and a half years with the Capitals all performing below what were his normal standards from his days in Pittsburgh. The Jagr era in D.C., to say the least, is not a warmly remembered one.

His memories of the place may not improve much with Philly though as he’ll be without his usual center Claude Giroux. Instead he’ll have rookie Sean Couturier playing pivot on his line with Scott Hartnell and hoping not to miss a beat. Against an improving Capitals team, Jagr could be due to have more bad memories playing in Washington.

  1. bcjim - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    The Capitals should have sued him for lack of effort, imo. He was so disinterested it made me sick. I hope Ovechkin pummels him like he did in the Olympics.

    • gianthatr - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      Oh how I love this video….I hope he gets “trucked” as well. Most likely will get the Larry Murphy treatment tonight.

  2. govtminion - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    He left D.C. before I moved here, but the mere mention of his name seems to set the locals on edge. Looking forward to seeing the reaction he gets from the home crowd…

    • hague507 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      He is viewed the same way DC fans view Fat Albert Haynesworth. A guy who plkayed his butt off to get a nice contract and then put his hard work and effort on a shelf in the closet. Screw Jagr.

      • somekat - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        I can see that feeling on Jagr. He had a track record as one of the best players in the world since he came in the NHL. Haynesworth on the other hand, was seen as a guy just playing when he felt like it. I don’t see why they’d be so mad that he was the exact guy they were told he was

      • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

        interesting view point from a DC fan. dont see how you could compare the two. redskins traded a shutdown corner for a dime a dozen running back for crying out loud (remember Bailey for Portis?) redskins are notorious for wasting draft picks and money on washed up players (Randle El, McNabb, Archuleta). you should blame management on the haynesworth debacle, why you pay a guy who played in a 4-3, convert him to a 3-4 is beyond me, plus he stomped on a guy. Jagr was a proven veteran who earned his money…anybody would have paid him what the caps paid him…he deserved it. he went to a team as shitty as the caps after winning two cups and playing with one of the best centers in the history of the game so i really cant blame him for playing frustrated.

      • wethog66 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        The Caps were crap during Jagr’s tenure because they followed the example set by their highest paid player, and supposed superstar, Jagr. For someone to say “I can’t blame him” for playing the way he did in DC is asinine.

  3. laurely515 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    I wouldn’t dismiss Couturier so quickly, he’s got a ton of talent. I mean, obviously he’s not Claude Girouz, but moving from playing with guys like Zac Rinaldo to playing with Jagr and Hartnell, I think he can surprise a lot of people

    • somekat - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      I think he probably has 2 years (rest of this year, and next), before he really comes in to his own all together. However, I really like his 2 way play, especially for an 18 year old. The kid has all the talent in the world, I think he just needs to get a bit bigger physically. He’s still pretty much rail thin, and you can see he gets pushed around sometimes. I think they’ll have him focus on gaining bulk this off-season, then it will take him a while to get used to playing with the added bulk. I think by his second season, he’ll take off come playoff time (much like JVR did for them last year, or Giroux the year before that)

  4. lsxphotog - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I would love to see Jagr take a larger role now with Giroux out of the picture for a while.

  5. taytay099 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    There’s no way Washington fans hate Jagr more than Vancouver fans hate Messier.

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