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‘I’d feel like a rented guy': Jagr won’t ask to be dealt at deadline

Dec 31, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

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Last year, Jaromir Jagr was one of the biggest names moved at the NHL trade deadline.

This year, he doesn’t want it to happen again.

That’s what the veteran Devils forward said on Monday, telling the New Jersey Star-Ledger he’s more than happy to stay put for the year:

“I’m not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same. I’ll fight to the end. I like it here too much,” Jagr told The Star-Ledger. “I would hate to go to some team just to help them. I’d feel like a rented guy.

“They’d use me the way they want to, not because they need me. They’d already be happy with their team. I don’t think I’d play the same way. I need my 18-19 minutes. I need to play a lot in the third period when the game is on the line and guys are getting tired.

“I hope I stay. Everything can change, but I’ve had fun. I like the system we play. Even though it’s a more defensive system, I don’t mind it at all.”

Jagr, who turns 42 two weeks prior to the Mar. 5 deadline, has enjoyed tremendous success in New Jersey this year. He sits in the NHL’s top-30 in points (34 in 40 games) and leads the Devils with 13 goals. In fact, his goalscoring exploits are quickly becoming one of the stories of this season, as he’s on pace to score 27 — which would be his highest total since scoring 30 with the Rangers in 2006-07.

The Devils currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division, three points back of Philly and five back of Detroit/Toronto for the final wild card spot, so it’s very possible Jagr’s name will come up as a potential rental as the deadline draws near. It’ll be interesting to see if he changes his mind about going elsewhere, especially given the impact he had on Boston’s Stanley Cup run of a year ago (10 points in 22 games, averaged nearly 18 minutes per night.)

  1. nj666 - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I hope Jagr stays too, that guys been amazing.

    • hockey412 - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      I’m actually surprised to hear that…if it comes down to clearly not making the playoffs (and I’m not saying NJ won’t, just saying IF it comes down to it), I’d have thought NJ fans would want him traded for as high a draft pick as they could get, since they lost theirs and kind of need to stock up, having lost so many good players and with the ‘core’ getting so aged.

  2. martysbetter - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    He’s been the heart of the team, I think we’ll be in the hunt for the playoffs til the bitter end – not scoring goals has been frustrating but you can’t say that this team hasn’t been competitive most nights even against the top teams in the league.

  3. cofran2004 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    He IS a rented guy…. For the past 3 seasons, he’s been on 4 different teams (Philly, Dallas, Boston, NJ). Thats pretty much the definition of a rental player.

    That said, he is a great rental player. Wouldn’t have minded if he’d accepted that offer to join my men’s league team… but he wanted MONEY. All I could offer was food…

  4. einjzmolf - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He didn’t _ask_ to be traded from Dallas last year, either.

  5. lowenni - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Good for him, he seems totally revitalized playing all those big minutes like he used to.

  6. x985 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    “Devils (…) are five points back of Detroit/Toronto for the final wild card spot.” FAIL

    They are two points back of Phily for the third place in Metropolitan. Who cares about wild card spot.

  7. joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Well! Suffice to say he wasn’t acquired as a long term investment. I’m not saying it was a bad deal. Sounds like they are satisfied with him. Personally, I always have a problem with older guys like him and TT taking the place of a younger player you can be developing for the long term.

  8. hazlydose - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    With Duper injured and this possibly his last year, is this he year he finally comes home to Pittsburgh?

    • seniorteacherdot - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      I doubt it, I think he wants to better Mario’s successes! I think he made his call a few years ago when he said he wanted to return to Pittsburgh but actually didn’t! Now Pittsburgh doesn’t want him anymore.

  9. killerpgh - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    So if he stays with the Devils does that mean the Devils will eliminate the Pens in the playoffs this year? Since he came back to the NHL he has done that every year (Philly/Boston)

    • cofran2004 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      One can only hope.

    • hazlydose - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      If the Devils and Pens meet in the playoffs the Devils will probably win. They have owned the penguins under Bylsma.

  10. hjb99992013 - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Wonder why he would feel like that now….He has always been a money grubbing whore with no loyalty to anyone but himself

  11. hallforpresident - Dec 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    How about Jagr hey? Just an absolute monster. To think where he’d be if he didn’t leave to play with Avangard for 3 years…

    Teemu who?

  12. slysipops - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    JAGR……wake up your HIGHNESS ! YOU ARE RENTED ! you know …contracts etc. getting paid to play ! what do you want a CROWN and a CHAROIT WITH SIX WHITE HORSES?

  13. slysipops - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    OR IS IT LIKE …………..

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