Wade Redden isn't the only ex-Rangers player in this series for the Bruins, as the man many give credit for turning around the Blueshirts franchise after the 2005-06 lockout, Jaromir Jagr, will also be looking to eliminate his former team. But before the puck drops he only has glowing remarks for his one-time place of employment (via CSNNE)...
“I have a lot of good memories in New York. All of the years, we made the playoffs. In the first year nobody believed we could make the playoffs, and we did it. My first year was Hank’s first year and Tom Renney’s first year as a coach,” said Jagr. “We had such a good group of players and we surprised everybody. Such good memories in that hockey time for me.
“But now it’s a different story. I’m not good now. I was a lot better hockey player then, when I was in New York. Of course I’m different. I am honest. I cannot lie.”
...Jagr is obviously a shell of his former self, but his big
ass body still presents a difficult match-up for the Rangers and if he can somehow rekindle some of that old Jagr magic the Blueshirts could be in trouble.
...while I hated Jagr during all those years in Pittsburgh, he will always have a special place in my heart for being one of the biggest reasons the Rangers were able to climb out of the Black Hole that was the early 2000s.
His run in the 2008 playoffs was my greatest memory of him in a Rangers uniform...
Jagr said this about trying to beat his former teammate Henrik Lundqvist in this series...
“He’s just a good goalie. I never studied the goalie position and I’ve never been a goalie coach, so I don’t know why he’s good. He’s because he stops most of the pucks. He’s tough to score on and he doesn’t make mistakes. As far as he goes, the team goes. It’s always been like that since I was there. He’s the most important guy on that team.”
Jagr had 0g, 4a in the first round against the Maple Leafs.
He will skate on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to begin this series.
For more on Jagr check out this article at the New York Times.
Yeah I hated so much when he was in Pittsburgh. Still remember him scoring on a penalty shot and then scoring late in Game 5 to beat us back in the 1992 playoffs. Then there was the Mario/Jagr double hat trick game to eliminate us in 1996. He even scored the game-winner in OT 1999 in Gretzky's last game. He just killed us over the years. But that hatred went away when he came here and along with Hank turned our franchise around. He made us relevant again, made us matter again after so many years of being an terribly irrelevant organization. His 2005-06 year is the best year I've ever seen a Rangers player have, and there is a good chance that will remain so for a long time. Its too bad he was screwed out of the Hart Trophy that year. He performed well in the 07 and 08 playoff runs. I'll always appreciate what he did for us. When his career is over, I hope anytime he is shown on the jumbotron at MSG he gets a nice standing O.
This line "motivated to take down his former employer..." makes absolutely NO sense. You said a similar thing the other day about Wade Redden and I scratch my head. It implies that if the Bruins weren't playing the NYR, somehow Redden/Jagr wouldn't play as hard to win? Total BS. Why wouldn't they be MOTIVATED to win?? Especially the Bruins b/c they made it to the second round in very dramatic fashion - doesn't matter in the least who the opponent is.
Haven't really watched him this year but I remember a guy that is hard to get off the puck. Will be interesting to see what he brings now.
I loved Jagr as a Ranger and as a nasty hockey player. Reading this, somehow, I like him even more.
Loved Jagr, brought change to this organization.... Having said that I would love nothing more than to send him packing!!!!
I forsee him getting booed possibly...?!? but doesnt he hold the lead in scoring for us? lol...LGR!!!