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Jagr returns to practice, hopes to play in preseason game

Sep 24, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr‘s tenure with the New Jersey Devils got off to a rocky start, but fans likely won’t mind if he’s ready for the season opener. Right now, it looks like he might be able to do them one better.

Jagr practiced on Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 12 due to a hip/back injury he believes he sustained during his 15-hour flight to New Jersey on Sept. 9. With that out of the way, he’s starting to think about playing in a preseason contest.

“If I’m going to have a good practice tomorrow, maybe it would be a good idea to play against Philly (in Thursday’s preseason finale),” Jagr told the Bergen Record. “But you guys have got to talk to the coaches first and (GM) Lou (Lamoriello) is going to make the decision.”

It’s worth noting that Tuesday’s practice was lightly attended because players projected to participate in tonight’s preseason contest weren’t in attendance. He’ll skate with the team again on Wednesday when they have a full practice.

Even at the age of 41, Jagr is a solid top-six forward, but his health are an ongoing concern. Although he might still be available for the Devils’ season opener, this day-to-day ailment could unfortunately be a preview of things to come.

  1. slysipops - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    if sittin’ on a plane is too much for ya YAMMY, how is doing a whole season going to work ?

  2. thecheeman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    So he’s not going to play on the Olympic team then I hope? That’s two big flights in 3 weeks.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Huge fan of Jagr but I’d be really surprised if he played more than sixty games. Despite being a workout freak he just can’t seem to stop himself from sustaining lower body injuries.

  4. theskinsman - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Newsflash…he’s too old.

    • valoisvipers - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      He may be old but he did play 102 games last year and that’s a lot more than most players played in last year.

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