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Jagr hoping for Sunday return to Flyers lineup

Jan 6, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jaromir Jagr is hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Flyers take on the Senators.

The 39-year-old was expected to be out 7-10 days after injuring his groin at the Winter Classic, but appears to be on track for an early return. He sat out last night’s wild 5-4 win over Chicago — a game in which his (occasional) replacement, James van Riemsdyk, scored twice — and won’t play on Saturday, the first of a home-and-home against Ottawa. But a Sunday return would mean Jagr only missed five days of action, a positive sign for the NHL’s fourth-oldest player.

Jagr’s injury could end up being a blessing for the Flyers as van Riemsdyk thrived in an expanded role against the ‘Hawks. That could provide the necessary kickstart to his season — JVR’s been inconsistent this year after lighting up last year’s playoffs with seven goals in 11 games.

“JVR was good,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was his best game. I think the fact that he was skating to be physical, he was banging bodies. I think this is a game he can use to get excited about, go into the next game and build off it.”

  1. cakrywyj - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    JVR didn’t replace him on the first line.. Matt Read did.. JVR was originally slated to jump up but Laviolette went with Read instead.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      JVR played with Hartnell and Giroux some, though. In fact, Harts and G assisted on JVR’s game-winning PPG.

  2. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    jagr is old and washed up, and my toilet is cleaner than the city and people of filthadelpia. you guys suck chode

    • dwil12 - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      you slay no poon besides i’ve seen the girls of pittsburgh. that is some poon i would not be proud of slaying.

    • govtminion - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Great, a ‘your city sucks’ troll. Hurry up and finish, or you’ll be late for your next middle school class.

  3. cakrywyj - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    31 points… Averaging about a point per game… Yeah, definitely washed up. You would expect more thoughtful comments from someone who thinks they’re a “poonslayer”. But good luck with all that slaying, kid.

  4. cakrywyj - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Well, his first goal was on a line with Simmonds… And the goal you’re talking about came on a power play and JVR literally just came on the ice after a partial line change… But that’s not really the point.. Not a big deal, obviously. But Laviolette made it a point at practice to give the nod to Read.. Who said he thought Laviolette “had made a spelling mistake”.

  5. gotgiroux - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    5 days to come back? That’s why a Pitt fan is irrelevant. jaggs is nasty

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