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Sutter praises Jagr-Benn combo, Jagr says ‘We’re probably 30 percent of what we can play’

Mar 8, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT


Here’s a scary thought for the Western Conference — Dallas’ dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr have barely scratched the surface of what they feel they can accomplish.

That was the story out of Los Angeles on Thursday night as the Stars beat the Kings 5-2 on the strength of four points — two goals and two assists — from Jagr and Benn.

“We couldn’t handle the Benn line,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said following the game. “[We] had nobody to answer the checking responsibly.”

Without much fanfare, the Benn-Jagr-Loui Eriksson line has been coming on lately. The trio has combined for 12 points over the last five games and the Stars have collected seven of a possible 10 points, putting them seventh in the Western Conference.

What’s more, Jagr said he and Benn are just starting to figure each other out.

“I think we are probably at 30 percent of where we can play. I think we’ve got a long way. We can get a lot better,” Jagr told Stars Inside Edge. “Obviously, I play a different style of the game than he’s probably used to. It’s tough for me at my age to change. I cannot dump and chase. I’m not fast for that, so I like to keep the pucks. He has to a little bit adjust.

“I know it’s not his game, but so far he’s doing a good job.”

At 41, Jagr leads the Stars in scoring (with 17 points), one more point than his 23-year-old running mate.

Throw in a streaking Derek Roy (six points in his last five games) and the impending return of Ray Whitney, and Dallas could crack the postseason for the first time in five years.

  1. buckyblackhawk - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Every year I think, is this the year Jagr shows his age and his points completely drop off…..nope

    • orangandblack - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Look into last year’s playoff performance. His age reared it’s ugly head. You kind of got the sense he was worn out from the season. Looked tired throughout entire games. I like Jagr, so I’m wishing him sucess and hopefully he doesn’t have another playoff let down. Hard to say if the shorter season will be helpful or hurtful for some of the leagues older players come April and May

  2. valoisvipers - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    A big salute to you Jagr.
    Nice to see the Stars winning while playing exciting hockey so it is no wonder attendance in Dallas is up. Jagr is always a treat to watch and soon Ray the Wizard will be back. All this should make the race in the West heat up even more.

    • buckyblackhawk - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I think it was in Calgary that a group of fans had each friend wear one of his jerseys from the different teams he has played on over the years….they also all were sporting a mullet. Jagr is truly a hockey legend.

      • einjzmolf - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        team Jagr was awesome, they were even sporting team appropriate socks. i’m really glad dallas signed him, gotta cherish the moments you get to witness a legend in your sport. here’s to hoping him and selanne play until they’re 50 haha

      • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        i saw that, was pretty awesome

    • supercoop8 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      If whitney and jagr are on the same PP unit their will be some sick passing leading up to goals.

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