I remember him leaving. I thought up to around 1999 he was going to spend his entire career in Pgh. But the last 2 years or so with the Pens, you could tell he was going to move on at some point.
When he left, I was upset. Especially after the Lemieux comeback and all in 2001. Jags was one of my favorite.
It ended up working out well because we sucked hard and got Malkin and Crosby because of it, and now at least Crosby will be a Pen for life and I do think Malkin will as well.
I'm still one that will forgive the bitter feelings towards Jagr and welcome him back after retirement.