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Lamoriello, DeBoer have no problem with Jagr calling out Devils

Jan 9, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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It tells you something about the kind of guy Jaromir Jagr is that he could be “so angry” on the same night that he tied Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the NHL’s all-time points list.

That accomplishment temporarily took a backseat to Philadelphia’s come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday.

Jagr felt the team failed to take advantage of early opportunities. More importantly, he argued that the Devils aren’t learning and are instead making “the same mistakes over and over and over.”

After that harsh criticism of his teammates, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello defended Jagr’s because he feels the future Hall of Famer speaks up for the right reasons. Coach Pete DeBoer doesn’t have a problem with Jagr’s statement either, noting that he can see the 41-year-old forward’s frustration.

“We all have to do a little bit more and be a part of the solution,” DeBoer told the Bergen Record. “It’s easy, including myself, to sit up there and say, ‘Hey, this is what’s wrong.’ We can all see that we haven’t scored. What’s the solution and I think we all have to look in the mirror and do that.”

Obviously, it doesn’t help that Patrik Elias (upper body) and Damien Brunner (knee) are sidelined, but it’s not like the Devils were an offensive juggernaut to begin with. In fact, Jagr is the only New Jersey player with more than 25 points and one of just three with at least 10 goals.

The Devils are still just four points shy of a postseason spot going into tonight’s match against Dallas.

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  1. raiderufan - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    “In fact, Jagr is the only New Jersey player with more than 25 points and one of just three with at least 10 goals.”

    This friggin guy is amazing

    • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      He’s been great! Came believe him and Brodeur are 42 this year. Both playing at elite levels!

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        42 is the new 32.

    • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      if he had more talent around him he might have 45 points. he’s been really impressive.

  2. 950003cups - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Lamoriello is better off hushing up. He signed Salvador and Clowe to extensive contracts which have been pathetic and everyone knew it would be. He made that useless waste, Zajac, a lifelong Devil. Then you have a coach who’s told to make it work with these guys. So his response is to put them all on the ice at the same time. There’s Clowe, Salvador, Volchenkov, who are the slowest skaters in the league. Then waste a top line spot using Zajac who’s guaranteed to generate squat. Then when we lose the games 1-0 or 2-1 (pissing off our goalies) they all start manufacturing positive spins on it because we all know it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about participating in the game. I’ll still go to games (not sure how much longer) but the arena gets less and less attendance after each boring loss.

    • amityvillefun - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Ouch. Tough times in NJ.

      Well, here’s hoping the Devils can turn it around. Congrats to Jagr on his milestone on tying Lemieux. I’d rooting for the Devils to get it together and sneak into the playoffs.

  3. benrob99 - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Jagr hasn’t been this upset since Vidal Sassoon “hot oil home perm” was discontinued.

  4. nj666 - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    So many problems… its impossible to say where to start

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