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07-11-2012, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaded-Fan View Post
To be fair, I am fairly certain that Jagr believed that Mario lived in his shadow at the time.
Far from it. Jagr knew his salary was eating over 1/3 of the Penguins budget and he knew if Pittsburgh kept him, they couldn't keep Straka, Lang, Kovalev and Kasparaitis.

It wasn't like Jagr needed or wanted to play with top talent on his line. He was fine with the Jan Hrdina's and Kip Miller's who would always differ to him, allow him to play the puck and do his thing.

Jagr, if anything, was uncomfortable with his status. Yet, he's a complicated man, he wants and needs to be paid top dollar (as evidence by signing with Philly and Dallas)....It's never simple with Jagr, but there's no way he thinks he was in Mario's shadow. Every goal he scores he think is lucky, and every goal he nearly misses he attributes to bad luck. Strange cat, that one. He knew the Pittsburgh Penguins were always Mario's team and not his own, but he's so flighty it's not like he's tried to ever establish a team as his own more than a year or two. That's clear from as many times as he requested trades from Pittsburgh, even when Mario was out of the picture.

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