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Jagr has good memories of time with Rangers

May 16, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers know each other pretty well, particularly considering their second-round series from 2012. Jaromir Jagr is new to the Bruins, but he might notice a few familiar faces from his time in the Big Apple.

Some might wonder if there’s bitterness stemming from the Rangers’ decision to let him walk in 2008, but he told’s Joe Haggerty that he looks back at his days with fondness.

“I have a lot of good memories in New York. All of the years, we made the playoffs. In the first year nobody believed we could make the playoffs, and we did it. My first year was Hank’s first year and Tom Renney’s first year as a coach,” Jagr said. “We had such a good group of players and we surprised everybody. Such good memories in that hockey time for me.

“But now it’s a different story. I’m not good now. I was a lot better hockey player then, when I was in New York. Of course I’m different. I am honest. I cannot lie.”

It’s true that the 41-year-old has been struggling a bit lately, collecting four points (but no goals) in the Bruins’ first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many would agree that he’s still a productive player, however.

Then again, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll never reach the heights he last achieved in New York again, especially the 123-point season in 2005-06.

Jagr isn’t what Henrik Lundqvist is any longer – “the most important guy on that team” – but he likely hopes to help out enough to top his old mates anyway.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I’ve got a feeling Jagr is playing his last few nhl games, he really does look old out there on the ice

  2. nicknyhc - May 16, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    What second round Rangers/Bruins series from 2012 are we talking about PHT? Rangers played the Capitals in the second round last year.

    Caps knocked the Bruins out last year. The Rangers haven’t played the Bruins in a playoff series in 4 decades.

    • hanktheking - May 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Haha exactly what I was thinking too

      • nicknyhc - May 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        These guys can tell us what Sidney Crosby ate for breakfast last Tuesday but they can’t write a half decent story about an upcoming playoff series that doesn’t involve the almighty Pittsburgh Penguins or recap what happened last year in the playoffs.

        That’s all PHT blogs about, Pittsburgh and the Western Conference.

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Jagr’s points are down because Julien has refused to play him with offensively talented players. He dominates puck possession and neither of his linemates know what they’re doing out there. His skills are being wasted.

    • budzo83 - May 16, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Agreed. He’s the odd man out because Boston plays with mostly established lines and Julien does not mix it up very much. Also, he plays an East/West game on a predominantly North/South team. I think he can be productive, I just think Boston isn’t the best fit for him.

  4. potatoesogrady - May 16, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    2012, the 1970s, same thing.

  5. theskinsman - May 16, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Jagr’s points are down because he plays so much slower than he once did. I hope he can get some success soon,because I think he is going to hang up the skates after his season is done.

    • mgp1219 - May 16, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Jagr’s points are down simply because, as he puts it himself, he’s “not good now”. He is slow, gets in the way of his teammates who are trying to make moves with the puck, won’t go in front of the net, gets in his teammates’ way a lot, makes blind pases that get stolen most of the time an even takes the puck off of his teammates’ sticks. That’s why his points are down.

    • valoisvipers - May 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Just how many points to you expect him to put up? He had 14 goals 12 assists with Dallas in 34 games and 2 goals 7assists in 11 games with the Bruins, while playing with 2 scrubs on third line minutes. That’s 35 points in 45 games in today’s NHL,not too shabby in my books.Jagr played overseas during the lock out, so for him this was not a short season and at his age, yes just maybe he is tired and slow right now but he has as many points in the first round as Seguin and Marchand combined. So stop bashing the “Old Goat” because you will be one too some day, and that day is sooner than you think.

      • theskinsman - May 19, 2013 at 6:06 AM

        That wasn’t bashing.And I’m 15 years his senior,so stuff that . Problem is, however great he was, he doesn’t belong on the ice more than 12 minutes,tops. He is too slow,period. He grabs the puck, spins and twirls…and gets it taken away.I hate watching him get stripped of the puck and skated away from now. This is a young mans game, and his time is over.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 16, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Jagrs best days were as Penguin simply put. I’d love to see the Pens retire his number but who know if they would since he burned his bridges in 2001 and reburned them in 2011.

  7. villi5ed - May 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Yeah, that 2012 was some year! Amazing playoff series between the Bruins and Rangers —- awesome! And so was that nail-biter between the Mets and the Royals in the World Series! And don’t forget that classic between the Jets and the Eagles in the Super Bowl!

  8. tfaltin - May 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I really forgot how amazing was for the Rangers, I was really just getting to hockey then. Amazing player. That said, he’s going to have tough sledding this series unless he skates with Bergeron and Marchand. If that’s the second line, they have to produce consistently to win.

  9. kevindunn21 - May 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    James O’Brien – As has been well-chronicled since the Rangers-Bruins matchup was set on Monday night, these Original Six rivals have not met in the playoffs since the 1970s. Your lack of hockey knowledge continues to astound. How NBC and their affiliates continue to allow you to churn out this nonsense is beyond me.

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