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Even the Devils are gushing over what Jaromir Jagr’s done

Apr 29, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

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It’s easy to get caught up in nostalgia or appreciation for what legendary older players do in the league. We’ve all had our moments to gush over Nicklas Lidstrom or Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr is no different.

Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger hears it from Devils stars Patrik Elias and Zach Parise about how they’re in awe of what Jagr is continuing to do in the NHL at nearly age 40. Parise being the younger of the two players was particularly complimentary.

“I’m not surprised, a guy with his size and strength,” Zach Parise said. “He looks likes eight years younger than he is. He’s still playing really well.”

Flattery will get you everywhere, Zach.

Elias says that even though he grew up in the Czech Republic like Jagr, he didn’t look up to Jagr. Don’t take that as a slight as he said he looked up to his brothers, but Elias is more than appreciative of the career Jagr had and continues to build on. Don’t expect the pleasantries to continue when they drop the puck this afternoon in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

  1. renberg19 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Jagr is a class-act.

  2. pasportyxlc - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    when we first got him I was like…..Really ??? Why ??? I couldnt be more wrong……the guy continues to impress on ice and in the locker room…..what a smart pick up for chump change……He’s pretty funny to boot…..def. plays younger than he is !!! GO FLYBOYZ !!!!

  3. tcclark - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    he amazes me every time he has the puck. He doesn’t skate very fast but he is stronger on his feet than any other person i’ve ever seen. He moves through the offensive zone seamlessly and makes every move look so easy. He keeps his body between the puck and the defender and he doesn’t get pushed around.

    I’ve watched great forwards play in the offensive end before, but none of them have ever made things look so easy that I’ve had to ask myself if the other team is letting them do it. Jagr has been amazing and has been a surprisingly great influence in the locker room.

  4. spiffy53 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    jagr and broduer are going to miss today’s early bird special at the diner.

    • yearsbehindhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      hahaha look who missed the early bird!

  5. emoser - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Seems like the devils are really trying to embrace the under-the-radar status they have and not ruffle any feathers on the flyers end. I think it’s easy for a lot of the fans to have one eye on the next series, but the flyers need to make sure they focus on one team at a time.

  6. dawglb - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    JJ was a great pick up. Perfect mentor for so many of the young guys. Right place at the right time! G has benefitted. Jake is playing with his hometown hero…. The list goes on….

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