Jagr wanted to come back to Flyers

For the second summer in a row, Jaromir Jagr waited for a call that never came.

Jagr waited and waited. The 41-year-old winger finally signed a one-year with the New Jersey Devils late in July. He was hoping for a call from the Flyers, who were flirting with the upper limit of the salary cap.


“They didn’t have any room,” Jagr said. “Even if I signed for the minimum, they didn’t have the room. The reason I was waiting is because I was very comfortable here.”

By late July, Jagr was getting antsy but would have made concessions if the Flyers had shown interest.

“I would probably even not sign until training camp and wait to see what happens after training camp,” Jagr said. “Then I had a meeting with the Devils. I met Lou (Lamoriello, the team’s general manager), and we sit for five, six hours. He made me comfortable.”

The aging winger was also hoping to stay in Philadelphia in the summer of 2012, after a breakout year for both his linemates — Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.


17 Responses to Jagr wanted to come back to Flyers

  1. blaze says:

    The most dangerous looking Devil in the offensive zone, Jagr the ageless mercenary.

    Beauty goal by Kessel, Leafs keep banking points early I love it.

  2. mapleleafsfan says:

    The oilers gave Smid up really easily. I guess they’ve fully accepted tanking. That organization is such a joke.

    It’s too bad, I’d have taken a flyer on Smid for that price.

  3. leafmeister says:

    I love Kessel.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      That goal was something else.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      You know for years I’ve been saying Kessel is better than Giroux, Giroux was so overrated because he does effeminate showy and unnecessary dangles. From day one Kessel is a guy who make 3-5 good scoring chances and goes hard to the net, speed, playmaking and a sick release.

      Shame on those Leaf fans that grip about Seguin and didn’t appreciate what Kessel has been from day one. Hands down the most entertaining Leaf player since Gilmour (Sundin does compare to either IMO).

      • doorman says:

        Sundin was less flashy, but definately clutch. It is a shame he never had a kessel type winger. Mogilny was amazing but the were both puck control players, where as Kessel can be either.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          Roberts, Moginly and Nolan were all good wingers, people lament that Sundin had to play with Hoglund for 25 games or so. Not to mention he didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Vancouver with plenty of help on the wing.

          Sundin’s best post lockout years were cycling with Antropov and Poni. Sundin was great but not elite IMO.

          • doorman says:

            Roberts was a good winger, but come on his best years same as with Nolans were behind them when the got here. Opinions on Sundin always very but he was a beauty, IMO.

            • realistic_leafs_fan says:

              Yea Sundin was underrated by many and you would think with our current centre scenario, people would realize how good he really was.
              Sundin played mostly with guys at or near the end of their career and helped keep them look as top talent scorers OR he played with guys like Pony and Antripov who were nowhere near his talent. Sundin in his prime playing with top wingers in their prime…would have been awesome to see.

              • leafmeister says:

                Sundin in between JVR and Kessel would likely make the best line in the league.

                Sundin is pretty much a prototype of the centre the Leafs need to play with Kessel.

                • TmLeafan says:

                  Well said about Kessel, I would agree. Not a Sundin hater but in his prime he was never as dynamic or dominant offensively as Kessel is now. Kessel is a playoff performer as well never gets credit for it. His durability is something that gets overlooked ( I believe the only games missed were recovering from surgery in the summer we traded for him). In case people havent noticed our pp is top 5 in the league now and the thrill is the one who sets up the entire thing from the half boards.

                  I believe he is only 1 goal behind Gilmour for Leaf goals. Gilmour was more of a playmaker but still.

                  • TmLeafan says:

                    Against the Bruins he did his job got us a lead, not his fault we could not keep it. Shittiest thing about that collapse is that if it doesnt happen the headline would be “Kessel torches former team”.

                    Hopefully we can get some redemption tonight.

      • leafmeister says:

        I think with the right support, Kessel could have both a Rocket Richard and an Art Ross waiting for him somewhere down the line.

        I agree, a big part of Kessel’s success is that he keeps his moves simple. He is moving at such a high speed he really doesn’t need to dipsy-doodle though guys legs since he is usually leaving them in his dust. Some criticize him for being predictable, but the best goal scorers usually are, there is just nothing to be done about it.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          Thank you, everyone has been on Giroux nuts for so long was beginning to think I was the one that thought he was twink.

          Kessel top ten in scoring twice without a center and people still saying ‘trade Kessel at the draftt for Monahan’ ‘Kessel doesn’t back check’ ‘you can’t win with Kessel making 8 million’

          Kessel from day one would create a coast to coast play out of nothing at least three times a game. He’s Kovalchuk like in that regard. How TSN doesn’t put Kessel in the top fifteen players in the league and Grioux in the top ten is beyond me.

  4. mojo19 says:

    If Jaromir Jagr hadn’t gone to the KHL, he could have theoretically posted a modest 50 points per year in the NHL in that time and he would be the 2nd leading scorer of all time behind only Gretzky.

    Instead, he’s probably going to retire somewhere around 5th-6th in the Dionne, Yzerman, Lemieux range.

  5. LN91 says:

    Better on the draws for JVR, it looked alot better last night.

    Kadri needs to perform better though with all the injuries.

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