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Jagr: ‘It’s tough to play with me and play safe’

Apr 10, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Upon being traded to the Boston Bruins, the natural question regarding Jaromir Jagr was: how could he possibly coexist with defense-first (second and last) coach Claude Julien? That still remains to be seen, especially since the future Hall of Famer isn’t apologetic about his style.

He explained to that sometimes you have to take risks to make plays, a philosophy that must turn Julien’s eyes red.

“Sometimes it’s hard for guys that haven’t played top six because they’re not used to making risky plays. But sometimes you have to take risky plays to make some great offensive play,” Jagr said. “But I know they don’t like to do that and they like to play safe. It’s tough to play with me and play safe.”

“I like to take the risky stuff. But the great thing about [Campbell] is that he’s so responsible defensively that me and [Marchand] don’t have to worry about it that much. It worked pretty well in the last game.”

(Go ahead, make a gambling joke. You guys are mean sometimes.)

The 41-year-old icon acknowledged that “the coaches don’t like it” when discussing his approach more than once in that article, but what does Julien think?

He seems pleased.

“He brings more offense,” Julien said. “There’s no doubt it. You see in the offensive zone that he’s strong on the puck and he finds players with great seam passes. Guys are slowly getting used to those because at first I think they were a little surprised it was coming to them. He’s had a great attitude. As you can see he’s very open to the concept of our team and he believes in what we’re doing. That’s very important.”

“He’s been a great addition. It doesn’t matter whatever has been said or not said about him; it doesn’t matter because we’re happy with what we’ve got out of him so far.”

We’ll see if that continues in tonight’s NBC Sports Network game between the Bruins and New Jersey Devils, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Jagr cares about one thing and one thing only and that is MONEY!!

    • drmcsexy - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      …Uh…so? If someone offered you a million dollars more a year than your current job offers, I’m pretty sure you’d take that new job in a heart beat.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        Don’t bet on it you are talking to a stupid yinzer from Pittyburgh !

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Id rather be a yinzer than a queer from the city of brotherly love who gets it from the flyers at love park

      • murtdurt - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        I would like to agree with you but if Jagr actually cared about winning as much as he does money he wouldn’t have signed with Dallas to start the year. He would take a pay cut to play on a contender. Actions speak louder then words…

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Most people would rather be homeless and barefooted in love park than live in a mansion in Pittyburgh

    • drone501 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      and he dies alive.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Jagr will go in the HOF as a Bruin

    • drone501 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      girls girls, lets stop this bickering. pens go to playoff flyers stay home, come on eiggle, say it with me. pens playoffs, flyers home. pens playoffs, flyers home.pens cup, flyers 1975.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:21 AM

        Penguins first round exit two years in a row = not really being in the playoffs !

  3. esracerx46 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Jagr the new Tim Thomas. And Soderberg the new Radulov. Sounds like a good combination.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Was this an attempt at a joke?

  4. mpops86 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Jagr brings more offense to the Bruins than any one player has since Rich Peverley. He’s so creative and comfortable in the offensive end, he’s unleashing the games of everyone he plays with. If I were Claude, I’d give him minutes with Lucic and Marchand – figure out your faceoff guy later, but those three would put on a show.

    • jeff2000m - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Peverley? Looch marchand n jagr on a line? Dude stick to watching the nba

      • mpops86 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        The point is, Peverley brought his own offense to a team that, frankly, needed more reckless offense than Mark Stuart defense. Two big bodies with Marchand’s skills would be deadly on the PP.

      • mpops86 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Not for nothing, but Jagr, Lucic, and Horton just had a solid shift with Looch at center an Marchand injured.

      • badintent - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        Ebonic alert !! Call the Jay-Z police. Nah, call his wife instead.

  5. nunan - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    The Bruins, including Julien, knew exactly what they were getting. You think they would trade for him and then be surprised by the way he plays? That he isn’t a defensive force? Come on…CJ’s blood-pressure didn’t go up.

  6. dolanster - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Let the Jersey ass-kicking begin. Let Jagr be Jagr — not a problem.

  7. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    As a Pens fan I have to say – he looks like a perfect match with Boston. It’s weird how natural he looks in a system that doesn’t fit his game at ALL. A Pittsburgh/Boston EC final would be awesome. If Pittsburgh can make it past round 1 this year.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Since the flyers are done thats a possibility !

    • jeff2000m - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Well said….his style of play along w offense first mentality should help this over-defensive (if thats a word) team. Soderberg out there should help as well…especially if marchands injury is serious. Fingers crossed

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