No that’s not it; he can easily make more money playing in the KHL and only have to play about 60 games.
Another Stanley Cup ring before retirement?
Maybe, but why choose the Philadelphia Flyers after they eliminated 8+ players off of last year’s roster? Who is to say this team is finally ready for a Stanley Cup?
Sell tickets and boost NHL ratings? Possibly now that the NBA and NFL may still very well be in a lockout. Who knows maybe Jagr and KHL owners had a dispute recently.
But let’s think about this…what is one thing Jagr has yet to participate in while playing in the NHL?
Here is a hint…you can look up and see the sky while playing this great game of hockey.
The Winter Classic. DUH!
Jagr “promised” Pittsburgh Penguins and ex-teammate Mario Lemieux, who not to mention won a Stanley Cup with, that he would play for the Penguins this year (seems to be the off season of lying, just ask Flyers GM Holmgren about the Jeff Carter situation), but after “thinking” about the situation he went in the other direction and signed with longtime rival the Philadelphia Flyers. Which broke Lemieux’s little heart, and I’m sure Cindy Crybaby’s heart as well. AWW!
According to Philadelphia Daily News, Jagr chose the Flyers because he can stay playing the right side, as he did his whole career. If he signed with the Penguins he would have to play the left side, which he is not used to, and worried it would not work out. This may be true, he doesn’t want to attempt a comeback and end up like the next Brett Favre, makes sense, but come on Jagr come out with the real answer already.
Jagr now gets to play the Winter Classic game which is held on January 2nd, normally January 1st and against is x team, the New York Rangers. His last season in the NHL, Jagr played for the Rangers totaling 71 points and played all 82 games.
But is Jagr still in shape at the age of 39? And ready to help the ever dreadful Flyers power play, which ranked 19th last regular season and 13th overall in the 2011 Playoffs?
With the addition of Jagr the Flyers may have made the right move in the right direction. Jagr is one of the best to ever play the cycle game, and is one of the most patient players when holding onto the puck looking for a lane. Imagine Jagr, Briere and Giroux on the power play; can anyone stop these three guys?
This upcoming season is going to be an amazing season for the NHL. Jagr making his return and playing in the Winter Classic, the NBA and NFL possibly still being in a lockout, which means more ratings for the NHL.
It’s only July and I’m already imaging the success the NHL will conquer this upcoming season!
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