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Jagr after loss: ‘Maybe we’re just not good enough’

Jan 18, 2014, 11:54 PM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr scored the 696th goal of his career tonight, but by then it was too late. His New Jersey Devils got off to a slow start that led to a 3-2 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes. That’s not an unfamiliar scenario for them and Jagr is getting tired of it.

“We always have a slow start,” Jagr lamented, according to the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere. “That’s the way we play, or maybe we’re just not good enough.”

This isn’t the first time that Jagr has offered a blunt assessment of the Devils recently. On Jan. 7, the same night he tied Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the all-time points list, Jagr declared he was “so angry” because the Devils kept making “the same mistakes over and over and over.”

After those remarks, GM Lou Lamoriello and coach Pete DeBoer defended Jagr.

Still, Jagr calling out his teammates is beginning to become as much of a recurring theme as the Devils’ slow starts.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    ” ding ding ding, what do we have for him Johnny”

    In the devils defense, they have played a lot better than I was expecting.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Wow 696 goals this season, must be a new record!

    • PhillySN - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      I’m not really impressed with his 13.92 goals per game average. Jags needs to step it up

  3. homieshome - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    You’re a bum jagr, your a bum. Maybe you just arent young enough to be the difference anymore , maybe you signed with a loser hockey squad. maybe. Rangers rule, devils drule, its the way the world is.

    • true_north - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      What an error-filled string of words. Your Grade Three must be proud.

  4. millertime1101 - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    trade some defense for offense or playmaker paul stastny would be nice

  5. raiderufan - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Could it be that he wants out of town?

  6. crazemastercraze - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Couldn’t be more right. They gotta do something. Standing pat would just be admitting defeat

  7. theageofquarrel - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Is he “dying alive” yet?

  8. 950003cups - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Lamoriello put out a garbage product. Not only that, but he signed them to multi year deals. It’s time for Lou to move on.

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