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Jagr knows time’s running out, but isn’t done yet

May 7, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins stands during a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Boston Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr has played in 1,391 career NHL games and another 183 postseason contests.

At 41 years old, you have to wonder how many more games he’s got left in him and during the national anthems before Game 3 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was just trying to take it all in.

“I’m not going to play many more games,” Jagr acknowledge to ESPN. “Hopefully I might play a year, maybe two. I would love to.”

For now though, Jagr is focused on winning another Stanley Cup, but not so much for his own sake.

“For me, it’s more special if I can help to make somebody else happy, or the fans, or my teammates who have never won it,” Jagr, who has won the Stanley Cup twice, said. “That’s what I enjoy more.”

Jagr wasn’t great in the first two games of the Bruins’ first-round series, but he was coming off of a “tough flu.” He had an assist on Monday and his play impressed Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

“He personalizes a superstar,” Chiarelli added. “I think the guys were originally in awe of him. Now they see he’s just a normal guy. This is a guy that probably half the guys in our locker room looked up to as a superstar for their whole life, just watching him play, myself included.”

The Bruins, who have a 2-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs, will play on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC).

  1. dumbassgreg - May 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    he has to keep playing. To payoff his gambling debts. he will play next with whoever pays $$$$. nhl,khl men;s senior league in the yukon. or china

  2. Stiller43 - May 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Somebody should let him know he’s not getting close to smelling a cup with boston…

    • nunan - May 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Good one! It makes zero sense but good one!

    • drewzducks - May 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      True. Maybe he should have requested a trade to the Isles.

  3. coacheskid - May 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Stiller … Who’s your horse in this race? Bs got as good a chance as anyone else

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 8, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      except Vancouver, apparently – Vegas, baby!

  4. pastabelly - May 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    If he wants to help some win a Cup who haven’t already, Boston is not a great place for him.

    • pastabelly - May 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      For the three who voted thumbs down, I was referring to the fact that just about every regular in the Bruins lineup already has a ring. That’s the top five defensemen, starting goalie, first line, second line, fourth line, and his linemates. So who is he really trying to make happy who hasn’t won a Cup? Redden, Hamilton, Khoudobin?

      He doesn’t belong on the first or second lines. Who would bumped from these lines?

      Krecji/Lucic/Horton Bergeron/Marchand/Seguin. The answer is that the third line needs him and that’s where he belongs.

  5. girouxed - May 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Hes really just a hired gun at this point.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    He’d looking a lot stronger on the ice if he was paired with top 6 talent. I’m not sure which game the writer was watching but he’s always making plays when he’s on the ice, he’s just not paired with offensive talent who match him.

  7. garyleee - May 8, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    You guys are stupid! Boston just might win the Cup again look at the pigeons. Oops the Penquins with no goalie!!!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM


  8. garyleee - May 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    What? Dummy Pens have no goalie

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