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Jaromir Jagr: “I want to cry right now”

May 8, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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Game 5 represented extreme emotional swings for Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr. Before the contest, he was seen razzing fellow aging future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur for turning 40, sporting a huge smile the whole time. After the 3-1 loss that knocked Philly out in five games, he told reporters such as Frank Seravalli that he basically wanted to cry.

“This was the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had,” Jagr said. “It’s a sad day for me. I want to cry right now.”

Jagr’s joy during the 2011-12 season and playoffs has been as obvious as all-world skills were in his prime. He raved about playing in Philly, lavishing praise on Claude Giroux and even compared to Sean Couturier to Ron Francis.

He didn’t tip his hand about coming back next season – to Philly or otherwise – but if this ends up being his last season, he certainly stopped and smelled the roses. It just didn’t end as he (and the Flyers) hoped.

Related: Re-signing Matt Carle is reportedly a bigger priority for Flyers than bringing back Jagr.

  1. dsd3 - May 8, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    No matter the outcome, as a Flyers fan, it was amazing to see Jagr in orange and black. So proud of the Flyers organization for the season they had.

    • miketoasty - May 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Finishing 5th in the east, 3rd in the division, and being knocked out in 5 games of the second round? Oh I would be so proud…. Not.

      • pbhatesphilly - May 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Forget that the pens run circles around us with cup wins, they sucked for a while and had to draft sid, maf and geno to get good again. We are competetive every year, so what if we go home early all the time. We can get rested and see our families more and in general get ready to be competetive again next year, so ya know we can do it all over again.

      • dsd3 - May 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Good for you. I am proud. It was a great season, I enjoyed every minute of it. So maybe you should go shove it and stop trolling on hockey messages boards.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 8, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in Philly or elsewhere next year.

    • stakex - May 9, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Agreed. He tailed off a bit at the end of the year, but he was still a far more effective player then most people expected. I think he has another year left in him.

    • pbhatesphilly - May 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Think of what your writing before you post, you don’t want to make philly fans look stupid.

    • jpelle82 - May 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      he will be back as a flyer. you could tell he really loved playing there this year, and good for him i guess. not many guys can say they took a couple years off from nhl hockey and come back at 40 yrs old and can still make a difference.

  3. tfoz5150 - May 8, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Most enjoyable year, huh?

    • dsd3 - May 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Apparently, since that’s what he said.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        he also said he would play for the league minimum for the pens. This guy speaks in the moment so take it with a grain of salt.

  4. dawglb - May 8, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    It was great to have him choose Philadelphia. As Flyers fans, we think Philly is a pretty special hockey town. It was nice to be recognized by one of the greats, as a desirable landing spot. I would love to see him come back for one more year.

    • miketoasty - May 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Yes a special hockey town that boo’s their players the second they slip up. That sure is special.

      • cleverbob - May 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Better to show up and boo, than not show up at all…

  5. bobhpine - May 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    He fits right in…just like the rest of the flyer fan base jagr apparently doesn’t put a whole lot of stock into actually winning the Stanley cup…second round playoff losses are very satisfying to these people.

    • wyosig - May 8, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      I’m crying tears of joy right now

    • dsd3 - May 9, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Yeah, obviously Jagr’s never won Stanley Cups, so he wouldn’t know about that. Get a clue, loser.

  6. jagrbomb18 - May 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Maybe he said that and then the flyers offered him3 million lol

  7. dannythebisforbeast - May 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    He actually said he didn’t want to cry talking about it but why let fact get in the way

  8. larrybrown43 - May 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Crying because what the losing teams have to look forward to is playing 82 meaningless games, over six long months, to get another shot in the crap shot of the NHL playoffs.

    The difference between the regular season and the playoffs is unrecognizable. The NHL rivals the NFL in playoff intensity.

  9. teddybess - May 9, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    I am pleased it was his most enjoyable year, because that is about as enjoyable as a season can get for the Flyers; a decent regular season and playoff flameout.

  10. iluvwikileaks - May 9, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Who cares, traitor.

  11. iluvwikileaks - May 9, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Oh-oh-oh-oh…

    Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit fright’ning, but they fought with expert timing

    There was funky China men from funky Chinatown
    They were chopping them up, they were chopping them down
    It’s an ancient Chinese art, and everybody knew their part
    From a feint into a slip, then I’m kickin’ from the hip

    Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit fright’ning, but they fought with expert timing
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/carl_douglas/kung_fu_fighting.html ]
    There was funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung
    He said, here comes the big boss, let’s get it on
    We took the bow and made a stand, started swaying with the hand
    A sudden motion made me skip, now we’re into a brandnew trip

    Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit fright’ning, but they did it with expert timing

    Oh-oh-oh-oh…

    Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit fright’ning, make sure you have expert timing

    Oh-oh-oh-oh…

    Kung Fu fighting, had to be fast as lightning…

  12. jeffsmith123 - May 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Too bad the Flyers lost the series…now I can’t watch them lose and lose and lose…FOUR!

  13. rtrmusic - May 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    #Flyers1975

  14. rainyday56 - May 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Perhaps JJ should have signed with the Kings. They needed scoring and have great goaltending . . .

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      The Kings showed no interest in him.

  15. ragingyinzer - May 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Ha-ha! Good riddance to the Philthadelphia Cryers. Home where you belong. How’s that $51 million goalie working out for you? Oh, he scored a game winning goal!

  16. blastfurnaceknows - May 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Good bye and good riddance to the most classless fan base in America and the most classless hockey “star” there ever was!!!

  17. baddorange - May 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    After watching Jagr this year, compared to previous years, what a difference. No more gas in his tank and it looked like he was skating on/in molasses. Stick a fork in him. He is done.

  18. flyers22 - May 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    It just goes to show how much better it is to play for the philadelphia flyers then the pittsburgh penguins. He won two cups there and he is here for one year and goes out in the second round and says how it it was the most enjoyable year he has ever had. It sucks we went out in the second round but the flyers are always a good team every year and always make the playoffs thats not something many organizations can do. This team has a a lot of potential with the young players we have and not to mention the best player in the world, claude giroux. The cup will be back in Philly soon enough.

  19. couturierfellatesguys - May 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    hahaha yea real good to play in a filthy town who hasnt done anything since 1975. good job jagr the franchise doesnt want any of youre laziness and bad judgement

    • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      If you think Philly’s filthy, NEVER go to New Yawk!

  20. doopdoop10 - May 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I’d bring him back if he wanted and no one else was available but I’d definitely get RID of Matt Carle he sucks

  21. jonasfere - May 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Dude actually said “I don’t want to cry right now.” wtf?
    It’s pretty safe to be proud of a season when with the
    turnover from last year, the key injuries like Pronger and Giroux,
    we still not only made the playoffs but were able to expose & embarrass
    the Pens in the process.
    Championships are nice but I dig having 82 awesome games to
    watch. Not gonna cry about losing in the playoffs.

  22. dawglb - May 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I hope Jagr doesn’t become a team jumping, Cup-chasing tool now, like Hossa.

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