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Jagr blames new sticks for lack of goals, says ‘I have to start scoring’

Oct 27, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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Even though the New Jersey Devils came back and surprised the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, Jaromir Jagr is feeling the pressure to perform better.

Jagr is tied for the team lead in points with nine (with Marek Zidlicky) but has just two goals. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger shares the future Hall of Famer’s take of his own play that centers around his apparently poor equipment.

“I have to start scoring,” Jagr said. “I don’t score as many goals as I would like to or have as many chances. It might have something to do with my sticks. I had to change my sticks this year. The company I (got) my sticks from went into bankruptcy. It’s not easy when you’re 41 to change all of a sudden. The game is so quick, a little difference and you lose the puck.”

They always say a good craftsman never blames his tools, but after scoring 683 career goals we can give Jagr a little bit of leeway here. Besides, after helping spark the Devils comeback with two assists against Boston maybe he’s found a new career as a set-up man.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Nice move
    Blame the sticks

    • slysipops - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM


  2. terrier92 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    OMG that is too funny. I was at game last night and went down to Devils bench to watch warm ups. (OK I’m total loser lol) Mostly I went to see Jag just love the skill this guy has. Any way he came over to bench at least three times and was swapping sticks , checking them all out, all the same Bauer . He is a total OCD cat when it comes to his equipment and I thought it was funny you could tell he just was not comfortable with his stick. With that said don’t discount the stick thing. We all get used to certain sticks and it used to piss me off when manufacturers would discontinue a great stick. Best stick I ever used was a Hespler and was crushed when discontinued. Of course I could never score anyway so my issues went far beyond equipment. Real problem was hands that were in gloves. Best of luck to the Jarg. He is awesome. One more thing At end of game there was face-off in Bs end. Typical linesman BS with drop of puck so everyone encroaches. Boychuck is covering Jarg and knocks him down. OK new face off. Tied up at dot and Jarg with little effort flattens Boychuck who is good size dude. Jarg is one strong man. Again loved him on Bs Best of luck to him What skill

  3. budzo83 - Oct 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I love Jags and the stick probably has a little to do with it, but don’t outright blame the stick for your scoring woes. You’re a pro and every stick manufacturer would bend over backwards to have you using your their sticks. If it’s not working, try a new one. It’s kind of insulting to beer-leaguers like myself who don’t have the luxury of getting free sticks if we don’t like the ones we have.

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  5. slysipops - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    JAGR SAYS : ……………………..

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Lol the “sticks”

  7. mustangmach - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    “Must be the sticks”

    So says the traffice cone. Couldn’t stand him taking up a roster spot on the Bruins late last year. He couldn’t score to save his life then….. slow, not in sync with his linemates…. a total drag on the team.

    The intangible of Jagr is the reason the Bruin’s lost the Stanley Cup last year. He screwed up the team chemistry JUST enough to finish the job for Chicago, and Chicago was good enough to start with.

  8. jpelle82 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    he needs to fire up that old wooden Koho ….

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