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It sounds like Jaromir Jagr isn’t ready to retire

May 28, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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If Jaromir Jagr plays in the 2013-14 season, he’ll be one of the NHL’s elder statesman at 42.*

To some, that statement strengthens the argument that the aging star might be enjoying his final postseason run. Especially since he hasn’t scored a goal in the Boston Bruins’ first 12 postseason games. His comments to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty makes it seem like he’ll play as long as people let him, though.

“If you love something then you want to be with it all the time,” Jagr said. “I love this game. As long as I can play it, I want to play.”

Scoring zero goals and four assists might hint that he can’t play any more, but the future Hall of Famer could probably attest that sometimes puck luck comes and goes.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma ranks among those who think that he can still play, as he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Shelly Anderson.

“He definitely has got game,” Bylsma said. “He’s still a force down low, tough guy to take the puck off of. I don’t look at birth certificates.”

Feel free to insert your Donald Trump or Danny Almonte joke here.

* – His birthday is February 15.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - May 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    One more year jags and finnish flash

  2. jernster21 - May 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    We’ll see how many teams want him at his 4.5 million dollar price tag come next year with the cap going down.

  3. nunan - May 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I think he should move down to the third line for this series. Seguin has so much speed and works hard to get back on D. They’re going to need that against one of the Pen’s top two lines. Plus, Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin were unstoppable at points this season. I think they need to try and re-kindle that. The third line then becomes Jagr-Kelly-Peverley..the latter of whom are really strong defensively and can make up for Jagr’s lack of speed. Then, when in the offensive zone, they can just focus on a possession-type, hard forchecking game…simplify things.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      So despite the fact that Jagr opens up the zone for Bergeron and Marchand and that sticking an offensive asset with Peverley and Kelly effectively kills his scoring chances you think it’s a good idea?

      • govtminion - May 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        I sure do. Bottom line, Seguin can stay out on the ice for whole shifts with Marchand and Bergeron. Jagr’s getting totally exhausted by the end of periods, unable to go for longer than 20 seconds on the ice before having to come off. If for no other reason, that would be my reasoning to move Jagr to the Peverly line.

      • nunan - May 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Do you really think that line is so much better now w/ Jagr instead of Seguin? It is really not. Jagr has his chances, no matter who he plays with. Seguin on that line has proven it can work. They were their best line last year, and their best line for much of this year before falling asleep. We know what they can do and it is much more than they’ve ever done with Jagr. I also pointed out the defensive liability Jagr is and that is obviously a huge factor given Pitt’s offense. Marchand, Seguin, and Bergeron were all in the top 5 in +/- last year, which, if nothing else, just proves they can be strong defensively. I’d rather they turn that third line into a forechecking, possession type line. Kelly and Pevs have the speed to forecheck effectively and Jagr has the possession skills to keep it down low. Their goal should be simply to keep the puck in the offensive zone. That’s it.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Jagr takes longer shifts than any other forward on the ice.

        Jagr hasn’t been a defensive liability at all and has actually been quite good with his backchecking. I must have missed the games where Seguin has proved to be a Selke nominee. You wonder why Jagr doesn’t score and then you want to burden him with guys who can’t hit the net.

      • theskinsman - May 29, 2013 at 4:13 AM

        Jagr is an offensive asset…if it was 10 years ago. He can get the puck, but gets it taken away from him and shoots a split second too late to score.
        I’m a fan, but I’m not blind. Jagr no longer can play at this level. He proves it every time he can’t complete more than 15 seconds of a shift without being gassed. I get he’s a legend,I get he was great.I also get he can’t get it done anymore.Put him on the bench,put in someone who can actually skate and contribute.
        The Pens are too strong to have to play 4 on 5 while Jagr is on the ice.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        I guess you’re a fan who doesn’t really understand the game then

      • theskinsman - May 30, 2013 at 5:24 AM

        It’s more accurate to say I’m a realist. Still think Cam Neely and Bobby Orr are all that,still don’t want them plaing against the Pens Saturday.

      • kmacle - May 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        He’s playing keep-away like time of possession were the goal. He’s adding nothing Bergeron or Marchand’s game, and at times is hopelessly in their way. His skill set best suits lining up with Kelly & Peverly. Not that I’m missing Seguin, he’s not pulling his weight either. Wouldn’t mind seeing Soderberg make an appearance on that line.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Ummm, so time of possession is bad? I’m fairly certain that possession in the offensive zone wears out the opposing team and by holding onto the puck you draw multiple defenders which opens up other players to get into scoring zones.
        Nah, you’re probably right that the guy with almost 700 goals should be playing a checking-role and a player with 6 career NHL games should be inserted into the line-up against the highest-powered offense in the league in the conference finals.

    • nunan - May 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Hockeyflow – you should relax a bit and not over-react to people’s ‘critique’ of his game. I’m not saying he is a bad player. I also never said Seguin was a Selke nominee…it’s amazing that you managed to even make that leap, given what I said. I DID say Seguin is not a defensive liability because of his strong +/- play in the past and I went even further to say that stat shouldnt be read into too much but that it does at least tell you he is useful in the d-zone. Jagr is not good defensively, and if you think so, then we can stop discussing this bc your interpretation of what your eyes are seeing is way off what anyone else is seeing. Seguin > Jagr in every way except possessing the puck. That line, with Seguin, was completely dominant at times this year. The best I ever saw them was in a game at MTL early this year. They were on fire. Got almost every point in that game I believe. Also, Jagr doesn’t score because he’s missed his chances. He’s not some offensive juggernaut. All he does is possess the puck well..that’s it. He may try to get back on defense. Trying is nice…doesn’t cut it though, especially against the Pens.

  4. girouxed - May 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    If he couldn’t score any goals the past few games how’s he gonna do anything against Pittsburgh ? Veteran presence on the bench is only worth so much when you need someone to actually go do something… he can still pass though. I really would’ve loved to see Iginla there in Boston.

  5. ryanw822 - May 29, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    hope he comes back and gets the 19 goals he needs to get to 700.

    It’s a shame that he left the NHL for those 3 years. He’d probably be on the other side of 750 career goals right now.

  6. myspaceyourface - May 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I hope cookie thrusts him directly into retirement in game 1.

    • bingram20 - May 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Hopefully Thornton would put Cooke on a stretcher soon there after.

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