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Jagr says for he and Selanne “it’s the final countdown”

Oct 27, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne Getty Images

One of the more unfortunate parts of the lockout is what it’s doing to players who don’t have much time left in their careers. For guys like Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne, this season could be their last in the NHL.

Jon Rosen from Fox Sports West paid a visit to Jagr in the Czech Republic where’s he playing for HC Kladno, the Extraliga team he owns, and he says that time is running out for guys like him and Selanne.

“Hopefully the season’s going to start. It would be very sad for everybody for us me and Teemu especially,” Jagr said. “We don’t have many games left. The separation, the goal separation is only two goals. It’s the final countdown. It would be kind of special, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

The goal separation he’s talking about is in their career goal totals as Jagr has 665 career tallies to Selanne’s 663.

Letting the two future Hall-Of-Famers duke it out against each other until they’re ready to hang it up would be the best, most fun way to do things. Here’s to hoping the lockout can end so we get to see how their battle to the end winds up.

  1. capsrockva - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Just get the dam deal done… Seriously for the fan’s sake

    • id4joey - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      They don’t care about the fans. They’ll start caring when they have settled. Until then, they are looking out for their best interest. Players have already lost over $350 million in salaries that they will never never see. Owners have lost as well, but they will be around much longer than the players giving them more time to make up for lost revenues. The players are better off taking a hit now, as opposed to waiting any longer. Ultimately, they will end up loosing more and more with each passing week. The band of players realizing this will grow bigger and bigger by the day and they ultimately will put pressure on the PA to make a deal. Hockey will be here, and I’ll be watching live and on TV. NHL package and all. I have to admit that initially I was posting that we should strikekf they locked us out, but eventually understood the business side.

      • stakex - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM

        Thats very true.

        Lets say you have a guy with a four year, $20 million contract… which is a pretty common NHL deal. If the players simply took a 50/50 split (including the pay cut) this would turn into a four year $17.4 million contract for a net loss of $2.6 million. If however the season is lost, that player will actually lose $5 million. See the problem?

        Thats the ironic thing about all this. Most players will lose more money if the season is canceled then they would just taking the damn 50/50 split and a pay cut. It would make more sense to just take the owners offer and get this show on the road.

        Though I guess your star players, who have all the pull in this, don’t care because they can go make money overseas. Not to mention guys with the HUGE contracts actually would save money with a lost season if they can avoid a pay cut. Thats a very small amount though… most players will lose more overall with a lost season then a 13% paycut.

  2. id4joey - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I was posting that we should strike when they announced the lockout but eventually understood the business side.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM


    Not sure about you guys, but I’ve already gone to the concession stand and got my popcorn and soda and so now I’m back in my seat “ready to go” for the final dramatic scene. If nothing else, you do have to give Bettman credit for being able to put on one hell of a “convincing” stage performance eh ? I mean seriously, he’s managed to scare the absolute “bejesus” out of 99% of you people ! The guy makes Stephen King look like a writer of children’s stories ! Anyway, the way I see it this staged delay is almost like foreplay or something, as I guarantee people will go “berserk” once the season does get underway. I sure know that I can’t wait ! Man, are we LA Kings just chomping at the bit now to have a go at you people again ! :)

    So “stand by” Jagger, Selanne and friends … you guys are gonna be up shortly !

  4. savior72 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Guess them guys gonna have to get jobs now. Unemployment lines are still long, get behind me.

  5. csilojohnson - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Why would they get jobs? They have access to cap. If they work for a living they pay 30% in taxes. If they invest they pay 15%. No brainer. Thats of they stay in US. Most likely they go home and are hometown heros. Jagr owns a team anyways.

  6. fortwaynekomets - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM




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