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Jagr didn't like being 'the guy'

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08:24 AM ET 10.13 | Yes, the pressure got to Jaromir Jagr. That explains Jagr's moodiness in the second half of his career and also why Jagr is suddenly back in the NHL three years later: he no longer has to be the best. ... "How to explain it?" a thoughtful Jagr said before making his Philadelphia debut against the Vancouver Canucks. "I always loved the game. But when I was in position as 'the guy' ... if you feel good, everything is fine because you know you can make the difference. But there are times you don't feel good and you still have to do it. That's pressure. That's when you struggle because you know you're the guy and you know you don't feel good but you still have to do it."

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October 13, 2011  08:27 AM ET

Bet you anything that while he "didn't like being 'the guy'", he liked the paycheck that came with it.

October 13, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Is Crosby any closer? No thread?

October 13, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is Crosby any closer? No thread?

We can skip a day, Buc.

October 13, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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We can skip a day, Buc.

I didnt think it was allowed. JR said so...

October 13, 2011  09:02 AM ET

Jagr not "dying alive," yet, is he?

All good? Good.

October 13, 2011  09:07 AM ET

Jagr didn't like being 'the guy'

So he liked being the girl?

October 13, 2011  09:17 AM ET

You guys think you're being funny but I know what Jaromir is talking about. Back in the day, half a century ago, when I started working for a paycheck I was "the guy" I had to run out and get coffee and pastries for the older men and women on the team. Every day at 9 AM and I better be back with the stuff by in 20 minutes. You have no idea of the pressure. Funny? I don't think so. I've got your back Jaromir.

October 13, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Sorry Slappy, I can't see Jagr doing a coffee-and-donuts run for his new team. I can picture the guys having Couturier do one for them though, if that helps.

October 13, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Jagr didn't like being 'the guy'So he liked being the girl?

Bwhahahahahahahaha!!!

October 13, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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Sorry Slappy, I can't see Jagr doing a coffee-and-donuts run for his new team.

Beer and pizza?

October 13, 2011  09:28 AM ET

AND WTF kind of comment is that, anyway?

I get it, but what is he trying to say: "Hey Philly, if I am constipated, don't expect 100% from me."

There are plenty of NHLers who give there all even if they aren't up to par.

October 13, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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Beer and pizza?

A more plausible situation, yes.

October 13, 2011  09:40 AM ET

That is the first thing I would want in a superstar player, to say I don't want to be the guy. Hey when things are on the line, I don't want to be the guy. When our team is struggling, I don't want to be the guy to turn things around.
Speaking of Philly, sorry Phantom, but I read a few articles where they are getting ripped because they were booing a hockey fights cancer commercial.

October 13, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Still a game-changer. So solid in the corners and damn-near impossible to get off the puck. I am not a Philly fan by any means, but a great pick-up if you ask me.

October 13, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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That is the first thing I would want in a superstar player, to say I don't want to be the guy. Hey when things are on the line, I don't want to be the guy. When our team is struggling, I don't want to be the guy to turn things around. Speaking of Philly, sorry Phantom, but I read a few articles where they are getting ripped because they were booing a hockey fights cancer commercial.

I was thinking the same thing... If you don't want to be "that guy" then don't ask for "that guy" money.

October 13, 2011  10:31 AM ET

I've said this for years. It was evident when mario left the first time. Jagr was a great player, but he never was "THE GUY"

October 13, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Doesn't matter. He doesn't need to be BMOC with the Flyers. Everyone knows that he will be a supportive player, so it could work out fine. I would be a little peeoohed as a Pens fan or Rangers fan or Caps fan. Much more was expected of him and he clearly wasn't willing to take on that responsibility. His honesty is nice, but a bit late for those other teams.

October 13, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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That is the first thing I would want in a superstar player, to say I don't want to be the guy. Hey when things are on the line, I don't want to be the guy. When our team is struggling, I don't want to be the guy to turn things around. Speaking of Philly, sorry Phantom, but I read a few articles where they are getting ripped because they were booing a hockey fights cancer commercial.

Really? Did you witness this supposed booing? Where were this articles coming from? You do understand, don't you, that any media outside of Philly commenting on Philly fans will not be objective and in many cases will be outright lies. They play to gullible people who want to believe whatever they read as gospel without understanding the underlying motive of the articles.

While I appreciate your concern, let me try to alleviate it so you can rest easy. Since it's inception, the Flyers Wives Carnival has raised over $50M for cancer research. The vast majority of that $$ comes from the generosity of the fans attending the carnival. So, I'm not too worried about how we respond to this issue. I'm also not too concerned about bias junk media reports designed to misrepresent us. And, neither should you be.

October 13, 2011  11:08 AM ET



Another one of those blown out of proportion stories. Some fans were booing Crosby, Toews, and Miller, not booing fighting cancer.

 
October 13, 2011  11:10 AM ET
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That is the first thing I would want in a superstar player, to say I don't want to be the guy. Hey when things are on the line, I don't want to be the guy. When our team is struggling, I don't want to be the guy to turn things around. Speaking of Philly, sorry Phantom, but I read a few articles where they are getting ripped because they were booing a hockey fights cancer commercial.

This year will be the 35th anniversary for Flyers wives carnival. 35 years, and tens of millions of dollars later it's still a highly anticipated event. Seems very unlikely anyone here in Philly would boo that cause.

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