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PHT Morning Skate: Where Jagr’s happy being a supporting cast member

Apr 5, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 4: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to the game agains the New Jersey Devils on April 2, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Penguins GM Ray Shero denied reports that Sidney Crosby has concussion symptoms. So did his agent. (

Jaromir Jagr has no problem being seen as a role player with the Boston Bruins rather than a star. In fact, he kind of likes it. (The Star-Ledger)

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture reflects on how former teammate Ryane Clowe, who was traded to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, helped him grow as a hockey player. (CSN Bay Area)

Rookies have been the key to the Ottawa Senators’ success this season. (Ottawa Sun)

Speaking of which, newly acquired forward Cory Conacher skated on a line with fellow rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad in his first Ottawa Senators’ practice. (Ottawa Citizen)

New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit admitted that he was worried about the possibility of being traded. (New York Newsday)

A detailed look at the Dallas Stars trades of Derek Roy and Jagr. (Hockey Prospectus)

Goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit has signed an entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames. (Calgary Sun)

  1. 5hole26 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    jagr will get thumped by the pens in the playoffs. cant wait to knock these clowns out asap

    • mgp1219 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      What does your therapist think?

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    i still dont know where jagr’s heart is. he has won everything a player can win and it appears his decisions lately have been monetarily motivated. i saw an interview with him yesterday where he said he will keep playing because he loves hockey whether its nhl or in the czech league. that tells me he might not care as much about a cup as he does a paycheck. but then i’m not his friend so who knows what he really cares about, i just dont see him laying it on the line to win another cup i guess.

    • pepper2011 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      His heart is in hockey. All I know is the rinks around me are filled year round until midnight with guys who played in High School, College, or on the pond at some point during their lives and they can’t get it out of them. I can only assume if you are one of the greatest players to ever dawn a sweater and you don’t need to stop playing because of injury; you are probably going to skate until you physically can’t do it anymore. When he’s 55 he, along with 75% of other NHL’ers will be playing in a beer league somewhere.

    • nunan - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      I can sort of understand that. Not sure how you connect him saying “I love hockey and just want to play as long as possible” with him just wanting to get paid. Either way, it looks like he enjoys it and he obviously has an impact. That’s all I can really ask for from a 41 year old Jagr. He’s won a couple cups but not for 20 years. I can see this team rallying around him a bit.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      his track record is what i’m referring to. he left to the tune of 7 million a year to the khl in 2008 and saw his stock fall after 2010 so….. he went to philly for $$ and then dallas for more. if he cared about the cup he wouldve stayed with philly or went to mtl which was rumored. i dont think he came back to north america for a cup, i think he came to get paid again

      • pepper2011 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        “if he cared about the cup he wouldve stayed with philly or went to mtl which was rumored”.


        I am assuming he went to Philly and realized they have no chance of winning with that D and goalie and MTL is better, but I don’t even think the most die hard of Habs fans would have expected them to be where they are right now. He obviously knows he can’t play forever and has been around the game long enough to know that if Dallas wasn’t in it; he’d probably get dealt to a contender. Also, Dallas was making a serious push this off season by acquiring Roy, Ryder, Whitney and Jagr.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Just say you don’t like Jagr and get it over with because you have no real point. Unless you’re in Boston and then you’re just repeating what Felger said last week.

  3. mcmurphy22 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I think he just loves hockey. Maybe winning, at any level as a competitor.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      he must, but the going to dallas thing just threw me for a loop, made me question his motives. the fact he chose philly because of money didnt sit well with a lot of people either but hockey is a lot more fun when you are winning

  4. jb8383 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    really frustrating loss for nj. played well, hit the post twice, one lousy fluke goal off jagr’s skate wins the game. no puck luck for nj right now.

    • 8man - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Seemed as if the Devils had the better stats too. They might win a 7 game series against the Bruins. Appears that the Bs struggle against the Devil’s D.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        They haven’t beat the Bruins in 10 straight games. The Bruins have just been playing bad.

      • 8man - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Really? It seems like all the games are so close. As if the Devils are puck bounce away…

        Go figure.

    • The Hockey Fan - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      No puck luck for Boston either. Both teams failed to control the puck in the attacking zone although each team had about five straight minutes dominating the game at some point, but neither team truly dominated. Just a fluke goal gets the B’s two points. Plus NJ isn’t playing great hockey right now. Watched their game Monday and they looked very sloopy.

      • jb8383 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        I would say puck luck won them that the game last night.

      • jb8383 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        *won them the game, I meant.

  5. barkar942 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Speaking of which, newly acquired forward Cory Conacher skated on a line with fellow rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad in his first Ottawa Senators’ practice.

    That is one scary fast young and talented line for Ottawa.

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