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Translations by Tomas Jandik
Angry Jagr: Pittsburgh made me look like an idiot (iSport.cz interview) - 4-Jul-11
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ANGRY JAGR: PITTSBURGH MADE ME LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT

At the first glance, it looks like you rejected the offer, but maybe the Penguins offer ($2.1 million per year) was kind of ďmehĒ. As if through it they were saying itís not all that hot for them. How do you perceive it?

Similarly. People started writing about me and Pittsburgh about a month and a half ago. But even 14 days ago Pittsburgh did not show any interest ... In my opinion they finally moved only when this stuff was all over the newspapers. Suddenly they realized that people in town want Jagr back. It did not fit into their plans, but they acted smart. They submitted an offer, about which they must have known that it was the worst or one of the worst. They knew the other teamsí numbers perfectly well. They simply knew I could not take it. But in the end it was presented as that Jagr refused Pittsburgh, a team that wanted him so much. And so now itís me who is the idiot and the traitor.

Does it seem to you that Pittsburgh bosses felt stupid not to participate in negotiations, because the fans could get angry later? And so they got their alibi.

I feel it that way. After all, if you want to get a player of certain qualities, you simply cannot offer him a contract for the 3rd, 4th line player, right? {gruffly} Sure, many people will say that two million is a lot, but remember that taxes take almost fifty percent, and additional deductions are around fifteen percent. So out of the two million, you are left with some $700,000. And when you see that the first liners make about seven million, the second liners five, then I think that almost everyone would have acted the same way if they were in my place. With that offer I would have belonged on the fourth line. Simple.

Pittsburgh newspapers recalled a year and a half old story from Moscow when you said that one of those days you would like to repay the debt to Mario Lemieux and that you would play for him for the [league] minimum contract. It somehow went back to you like a boomerang, wouldnít you say?

Yeah ... What can I say? I think it's stupid to put it into context now. First, it was taken a little bit out of context and ... Itís the same as when you tell your future wife before marriage that youíd never leave her, then something happened in a month, and you end up throwing dirt at each other. But otherwise, the hat down to Pittsburgh - they really had it all figured out with me...

But you talked to Mario yourself, right?

Thatís true, but it played no role. One telling moment came, for example, when they said to me that they first have to sign a third-line guy, and only then it will be my turn. Possibly. Maybe. When you hear something like that, you sure do not jump up to the ceiling with joy, ready to go there. I just donít want to join a team as some kind of a spare part, to sit on the bench. I want to get an adequate chance. And either Iíll make it or not. Oh well...

But maybe everything will work out somehow in the end, right?

I think so.
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You will find the extensive interview with Jaromir Jagr in today's issue of Sport daily!





Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.

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