If Jagr is back to his motivated self, given the new rules, he can dominate a game, making it more likely we will win. ......not that im saying we will make the playoffs but anything is possible.
I think the team's potential success relies more on the defense than it does Jarg's offensive production. The blueliners are going to have to surprise the hell out of everyone if this team is to have any thoughts about the postseason.
Can someone post the "not rebuilding" comments? Can't read the Post online since I refused to register (I get enough spam). If Jagr does not think that the team is rebuilding, I wonder where that thought process originated from? How can anyone look at the way the team appears to be consituted and not think "REBUILD"? I mean having one one player on the top 2 lines under the age of 30 and one rookie defenseman screams "WE ARE REBUILDING".
Sorry TB, I registered months ago and haven't gotten one piece of spam either directly from the Post (I did get an acknowledge note, of course) or for that matter anywhere else.
"I don't think this is a rebuilding year; no way," Jagr noted quite appropriately yesterday while he and his teammates went through an opening training camp day of physicals and medicals at their Westchester training facility. "I think we have a chance like everyone else does. There's no doubt in my mind we're going to make the playoffs."
The thing no one's mentioned is that he HAS to say (and even believe) this. Professional athletes (especially of Jagr's stature) have to take this position otherwise they can't play effectively. Part of what makes them great is the belief that they can always win.