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Jagr isn’t thrilled with frequent linemate changes

Jan 23, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr has been a go-to player for production in New Jersey this season, but he’s also been a go-to guy for candid quotes. His latest beef appears to be the Devils’ tendency to change up his linemates, as the Newark Star Ledger reports on Thursday.

“It keeps changing,” Jagr said. “You get new guys coming in and out. I don’t really like it but that’s the way it is.”

“This game is too quick to play with guys you don’t know about. Sometimes you have to do things when you don’t even see them. You have to have a sense that he should be there. The game is so quick. We’ll see what happens.”

By the Star Ledger’s count, Jagr, 41, has dealt with about six different configurations this season, and the latest is expected to be one fairly common partner (Travis Zajac) and an AHL call-up in Joe Whitney.

At 5-foot-6, Whitney has likely overcome some hurdles in getting high-level hockey opportunities, yet now he finds himself skating alongside the NHL’s seventh all-time leading scorer in Jagr.

Whitney, 25, has been productive at the AHL level, including 36 points in 40 games with the Albany Devils this season. For even more on the small scorer, click here.

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer thinks that the under-sized forward could bring “a little energy” to a Jagr – Zajac pairing that’s had its struggles, but Jagr simply remarked that “it’s tough to say.”

It’s also tough to say how long this constellation might last, but the Devils will get a taste of it against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

  1. jernster21 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Says the guy that plays on two different teams a year.

    • 19to77 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      No kidding. Pretty rich from Jagr of all people.

  2. joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Has anyone heard #87 complain about all the players who have been through the revolving doors on the right side? I would bet 2 of 3 bucks that Shero will make a move to find a right winger.

    I’m not a Pens fan.


  3. 950003cups - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I think the undertone of Jagr’s comment is kinda that DeBoer has no clue what he’s doing.

  4. banger60 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Go to the KHL, if possible, take Justin Beiber with you!

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    no nooooo joey

    stay tuned to tonight’s national … peter’s doing ten minutes on sidney’s wants and desires …

    as for beiber … the number one branch of the canadian legion is a shambles … the crying and wailing … heart-rending disappointment … posters being ripped from walls and cds being burned …

    pills … drinking and driving … who does he think he is

    a pro hockey player…?

  6. muckleflugga - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    this git has nothing to do with sports …

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