Lesky wrote:So did Jagr take any shots at the Pens organisation or the boing fans after the eliminiation of the Penguins in the playoffs?
Otherwise I have to say there was nothing overly personal for me in the series with the Penguins, although there was some talk to that effect. There were quite a few questions; it had already started last summer, when I signed the contract with the Flyers. However, it wasn’t a crucial issue for me ….
A few journalists had asked me about it in the beginning of the season – they wanted to know why I hadn’t signed with the Penguins, although they were interested in me. I kept telling them I didn’t think the level of their interest had been as high as the Penguins’ representatives had claimed it to be.
After all, even some journalists wrote something like that during the playoffs, because they found out how it had happened and were was the truth. However, I didn’t care, I knew very well what had happened, and my conscience was clear. I didn’t need arguing with anybody through newspapers.
In any case, it’s a thing of the past now, and I’m not dwelling on it any more. And maybe what happened was for the better. This is destiny. If there had been more interest on the part of Pittsburgh, I might have gone there. And perhaps the season would have been over for me now.... Everything has its reasons.
"People might think I am crazy," Jagr said in a wide-ranging interview last week. "Everything in life is energy. [Albert] Einstein said it best: Energy will disappear if you transfer it to other things. If I go to church, my head is burning. It's on fire. I feel like my head is hooked up to electric steam. I feel it in my head right away, as soon as I walk in.
After the usual hourlong skate, Jagr returns to the locker room to put on a 40-pound weighted vest and two ankle weights on his skates to go skate until his legs burn.
"When I came into the league with Pittsburgh, I liked to work out, but I didn't know how to work out," Jagr said. "Paul Coffey told me, 'You're going to do everything I do.'
"You should have seen those crazy bastards working after games and practices. It was sick how they worked. [Ulf] Samuelsson, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet, Coffey. They were all insane."
To hear him explain it, Jagr's body has developed an internal voice. He knows his body's limits and when to back off.
"Most people think when you are tired, you take a rest," Jagr said. "Coffey was the one who taught me, when you're tired, that's when you've got to work harder. Since your body is tired, you aren't used to that. You'll raise the level and next time your body won't be tired.
"After the game, I'm just investing myself for next game. Sometimes, it's [bleeping] tough to do that."
@tpanotchCSN: listening to Jagr today, i have doubts on him re-signing; seemed unhappy in his role at the end and losing top line...
Streaks House wrote:@tpanotchCSN: listening to Jagr today, i have doubts on him re-signing; seemed unhappy in his role at the end and losing top line...
Via Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly
Malkamaniac wrote:Give it three weeks or so. It'll happen. His agent team will leak information about it.
llipgh2 wrote:Malkamaniac wrote:Give it three weeks or so. It'll happen. His agent team will leak information about it.
I think the whole signing circus has destroyed whatever good will the Pens' had left for Jagr.
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