What hampered Jagr this past year were multiple nagging groin and leg injuries. He suffered an unannounced left quad pull against Pittsburgh that was so bad it was hemorrhaging prior to the series against the New Jersey Devils, even though he played every game.
Even then, Jagr continued to work out during off days when coach Peter Laviolette asked players to stay off the ice. Svoboda said he believes Jagr will be a smarter and more physically fit player next season with the Flyers “if” he cuts back on his training.
Jagr was simply obsessed with training this year. While he was a role model for the Flyers, his use of 20-pound weights during the second round of the playoffs with a thigh injury wasn’t smart. It was actually counterproductive.
“Jaromir hasn’t forgotten how he got criticized by the media in Pittsburgh early in his career,” Svoboda said, a reference to Jagr being immature and somewhat lazy as a player in his 20s.
“He feels he needs to prove himself every day, but I agree with you, he needs to cut back in his training.”l
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