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12-10-2012, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by livewell68 View Post
If there is a season, it won't start any earlier than January they saying now. I was one of the very hopeful people that thought there would a be season for 2012-13 but even I'm not so hopeful anymore.

This a real pity especially for Jagr, I truly think that Jagr really worked out hard this past summer to trim down and work on his speed, stickhandling and shot again. He looks more like the Jagr of the Pittsburgh days than he does of the Washington, New York and Philly days. The full season that could have been.

Who knows, maybe a shortened season (if there is one) could work in Jagr's favor and he can steal the Art Ross trophy and Hart to cap off his 6 Art Ross overall and his 2nd Hart which would definitely bump Jagr to top 5-10 all-time status with no questions asked. Back in 1994-95 because of the shortened season, Coffey won his final Norris years after his prime.

Since Jagr is already playing on momentum in the Czech Extraliga and wouldn't need any time to work himself into shape, he could start off hot right away and carry that momentum with him throughout the entire short season.

One thing is for sure, he looks better than he has at any time during his time in his last season in New York (excluding the playoffs), his whole 3 year stint in the KHL as well as his tenure in Philadelphia.
If they don't have a deal by Xmas, then it's looking grim.

I thought Jagr would be much better this season than last, more like he was before the recurring groin injury plagued him for most of the year. Let's not be to overly optimistic though. I think he still has something left to show before he retires from the NHL... maybe a top 10 finish or a big playoff run... but expecting a Ross is too much, even though anything is possible for someone of his skill and work ethic... he is 40 now, so I'm not getting my hopes too high.

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