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12-02-2012, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
If Lindros can come back to Philly on good terms, Jagr can do the same with Pittsburgh.

This game definitely wasn't as dramatic as 'if they lost they would have moved to Kansas City.' First off, I don't think KC was the in-relocation spot at the time. Although it was discussed, the thought was that if the Penguins were moving, it would be to Oregon. That was still up in the air no matter what, it had little to do with making payments. If they needed help, the league would have covered the bill, even if it was the difference.
I was at that game and a large contingent of folks in attendance thought it might be the last game the Penguins ever played in Pittsburgh. I've never seen a more elated crowd after a win. Portland was definitely the alleged location at the time, not KC. My younger self was very pleased with my anti-Paul Allen "Think Different" sign I brought to the arena that night.

A-hole comments aside, Jagr's on ice accomplishments and the fact that he essentially was the team after Mario retired should make him a lock to have his number retired in Pittsburgh. I know he pissed off the Pens management (and fans) with that fiasco last summer, but I guarantee that attitudes will soften over time. In 2017 when he's retired and Pittsburgh is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the team's second Cup win and the team's 50th season, things will be different.

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