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12-01-2012, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
There is more to jersey retirement than stats. I'm a die hard Pens fan and I hope Jagr NEVER gets this honor here.
If Bure had his jersey retired in Vancouver and Roy his in Montreal then it's only fair Jagr has his retired in Pittsburgh.

It's not only stats, it's the fact that he brought fans to the arena and out of their seats on consistent basis, he was as exciting a player as they came and outside of his one season (2000-01) where he still won the Art Ross mind you, he was a great player who gave his all for the city.

1 bad year (where he was still a dynamite player) should not spoil 10 great years he had in Pittsburgh.

Some upset Penguins fans act like he killed their mothers or something. The NHL is a business and Jagr made a business decision when he left Pittsburgh.

The Penguins felt that if they were going to resign Jagr for a minimum of 10 million, there was no way they could have kept Lang, Straka and Kovalev.

If Penguins fans were expecting Jagr to sign for less than he deserved then they should also expect the same from Crosby.

He won 5 Art Ross trophies, 1 Hart, 2 Pearsons, 2 Stanley Cups and scored numerous "Big" goals for the Penguins. That team wouldn't even be in Pittsburgh if not for Jagr. He kept them competitive and exciting enough for Lemieux to come in and save them financially.

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