Jagr Shouldn’t Be Surprised

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 2: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Florida Panthers prepares for a face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at the BB&T Center on April 2, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Canadiens 4-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Jaromir Jagr says he’s surprised he hasn’t been able to land an NHL job for the upcoming season.

According to this TSN story, the Florida Panthers stabbed Jagr in the back earlier this summer, reneging on a promised contract. There’s no reason to doubt that. Florida’s front office specializes in reneging.

Refresh our memory: Is it Dale Tallon’s turn to be GM again this week?

Remember last season’s all-analytics-all-the-time plan? That went well, don’t you think?

Having said that, after reading some of Jagr’s own fantasy comments, we’re not surprised that he’s surprised:

“I know very well I’m not the same player like 10 or 15 years ago when I was able to win games by myself,” Jagr said. “It’s up to the coach what position he wants to use me. Maybe it would be even better for me if I played on a second or third line because I would play against worse players and worse defensemen. I didn’t have as much luck in my entire career, I always had to face the top defensemen. Even in Florida, I always played against the best, which was always very tough.”

Um, Jaromir, no one in the NHL wins games by themselves. You must have momentarily confused hockey with me-first NBA basketball.

Maybe, you’ll play on the second or third line? Maybe? Oh, I get it, you thought you were playing on the first line in Florida. Okay, let’s go with that. We’ll just pretend that Florida actually had a first line.

You don’t want to play against the opposing team’s best players? Fair enough. But the only way to compete against your opponent’s fourth liners is to join your own team’s fourth line.

You want how much money to play fourth line minutes?


Enjoy Kladno.



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