Jagr Recalls Time With The Rangers

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.

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