Today will be yet another final return of Jaromir Jagr to the City of Pittsburgh. Will #68 finally get the kind of respect he deserves?
Two Stanley Cups, 1079 Points (439 Goals & 640 Points) in 806 Regular Season Games with the Pittsburgh Penguins & 2 Franchise-saving Goals – that’s why Jaromir Jagr is still the 2nd Best Player in the History of the Pittsburgh Penguins – neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin or any other Pittsburgh Penguins player have surpassed him yet!
The Philadelphia Flyers Fan Base has been able not to boo Mario Lemieux, but to even applaud him. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Base or better said some of those childish pseudo-fans at Consol Energy Center haven’t been able yet, not to boo Jaromir Jagr. Every game Jagr plays in Pittsburgh may be his final game in the ‘Burgh.
To all those fans out there, who still think they have to boo a living hockey legend, one of the top 5 players of all-time: Please stop to emberrass this Franchise by booing Jaromir Jagr!
“But he turned his back on Mario and is all about the money!”
“But he betrayed the Penguins by joining the Flyers just because of the money!”
Hockey is about business. Mario Lemieux & every other player are businessmen. Jagr wanted to make market value for his service & the Flyers paid him the money he deserved & was worth, while Ray Shero rather paid $2 Mio for Tyler Kennedy, who isn’t playing in the NHL anymore, while Jagr still is!
Well …. yet another great idea by former GM Ray Shero ….
“But he forced the Penguins to trade him for basically nothing!”
No! Yet another financial issues of the franchise & bandwagon fans not attending a struggling Pittsburgh Penguins team forced the management to trade Jaromir Jagr, as they wouldn’t have been able to afford his salary!
Around two years before trading Jaromir Jagr, the Pittsburgh Penguins Franchise has probably just been 2 Minutes and 14 Seconds away from being moved to Kansas City:
Jaromir Jagr: 1999 goal vs. Devils may have saved Pittsburgh franchise
Jagr told me today that the goal, scored on May 2, 1999, in Pittsburgh, was the biggest he’s scored in his entire career. It tied the series and may have saved the franchise.
“I remember that like it happened yesterday,” Jagr told me. “I pulled my groin in the first game. We were losing, 3-2, in the series and if we would lose in the first round I think the team would move to Kansas City because they had no money. We had to make the second round to get the (money for) the payments.
“I came back and I tied it with a minute and a half to go and then I scored in overtime. That was probably my best game ever, I would say. My most important for sure. I’ll probably never score a goal that important. Probably if I hadn’t scored, the team wouldn’t be in Pittsburgh right now. (Sidney) Crosby would be in Kansas City.”
Check out his goals that may have saved the Pittsburgh Penguins Franchise in 1999:
You don’t have to like him. However, no real hockey fan can deny that Jagr is one of the greatest players to ever lace up skates. Therefor it’s time for Pittsburgh & all visitors at Consol Energy Center to finally show Jaromir Jagr the respect he deserves!
– Benedikt Bäumler