Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux taking the famous picture infront of Lord Stanley
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Jaromir Jagr Brutally Calls Out Sidney Crosby

Published February 16, 2024 at 8:04 PM

Jagr's No. 68 will be the third retired by Pittsburgh this weekend, as his jersey will join No. 66 and Michel Briere's No. 21 in the rafters. Jagr is second in NHL history with 1,921 points (766 goals, 1,155 assists) in 1,733 regular-season games. He played the first 11 of his 24 NHL seasons with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 1991 and 1992, the Hart Trophy as the League's most valuable player in 1998-99 and the Art Ross Trophy for leading the League in points five times (1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01).

Jagr takes shot at Penguins captain

The 52 year old will be honoured this weekend in Pittsburgh, he got interviewed by NHL.Com just before his amazing homecoming.
He blatantly took a shot at Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. When asked why he didn't resign with Pittsburgh and signed with Philadelphia, he mentioned the following.

«If I would go to Pittsburgh – and I understand that – Sid would have his own line, Malkin would have his own line. So, the best I would play would be maybe third or fourth line, and I don't think I would get the chance to show I can play. That was the only worry I had. I picked Philly because they made these big trades. They traded (away) Jeff Carter and (Mike) Richards. They brought new guys in, and I felt like I was going to have the same chance because the team is totally new. If I don't make it, it's my fault, I'm not good enough, but I would get the same chance like everybody else.»

He also mentioned that the reason Mario Lemieux came out of retirement in 2000 was because he knew that young players like Crosby would eventually take over so he wanted to enjoy the final years before that occured.
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Jaromir Jagr Brutally Calls Out Sidney Crosby

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