Henry Hank wrote:I never thought I'd be saying this a year ago, but the Pens certainly could use his leadership and example. Everything I've seen made him out to be a very humble, dedicated, mature individual in Philly. That should probably be welcome on a team that turned into a bunch of children throwing a tantrum after they had no one to blame but themselves for being down 2-0 in the series.
The Flyers melted down in the Devils series and played like punks during the Pens series. Giroux even took himself out of the last game because he was mad at a good non-call on a clean hit that wasn't even that violent. He broke his stick over the net at the end of one loss and showed no signs of maturity even after Jagr called him "Mario." There were spears, elbows, charges, and other breakdowns in discipline in the last game even before it became evident that the Flyers were toast.
Jagr and many of the other Flyers disappeared from the scoresheet once they knocked off the Pens. He's a shadow of his former self and he's not what the Pens needed this year or will need next year. They need discipline, grit, and a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to play playoff defense.