I for one am already looking forward to all the backtracking from the Jagr-fanboys.
Jagr will probably not be able to play more than 25-30 games without getting injured, and at his age even a small injury will be used as a major excuse for him to not perform.
But he sure will be allowed to play, because in reality the injury won't slow him down, it's just very good to have it as an excuse.
Sure, he struggled with an injury for most of the year, but at age 40, after 3 years away from the NHL, he still outscored Crosby (who now sits out for months after normal contact) and had 11 points fewer than a healthy, prime Ovechkin. No "backtracking" is needed. He scored some clutch points in their series last year, while Crosby scored a couple early dandies and then disappeared for the most part, and Malkin was shut down by a rookie until it was 3 games to 0. It was great watching the Pens completely lose their composure, "led" by Captain Crybaby, who instead of leading on the ice, led by swatting another player's glove away. Even better was watching the whole Pittsburgh team watching Jagr while he fended off a d-man with one arm and slid the puck to Giroux with the other. Still dangerous and the focus of every opponent after all these years. That spin-o-rama, tie-breaking GWG in the third period of game 2 was a beauty as well. I'm guessing Dallas fans would "settle" for that from a 41 y/o legend. We'll see what the "old man" has left in the tank next season.
In the meantime, why not take your trolling somewhere else? You'll never match the troll job Jagr pulled on the Pens last year... signing with the Flyers and then helping eliminate the whining cheapshot artists in the playoffs.
Where is the logic in this? He played 70+ games last season. 80+ if you included preseason and playoffs.
He sat out a handful of games all spread out because of groin issues, which he has struggled with his whole career. That has nothing to do with age.
Everyone said that last season that it was a terrible signing and he alone sparked Giroux and put up a very respectable 50+ point season.
Yeah, he played 80 games, but the Jagr-fanboys claim that he was injured for most of them. The logic being "Auch, it hurts - must be why the production went down."
No, that is not why the production went down. He was cleared to play by the doctors, hence: HE WAS FINE. The reason the production went down is, that he is old, and the season wears on him in general.
The younger players won't feel the same kind of wear and tear, and therefore the best players keep producing at the same rate in the second half of the season.
Jagr is doing very well for a 40 year old. But he IS STILL 40. And will even be 41 durin this season.
What I'm saying is that my prediction (again this year) is: He will probably do fine in the first 25-30 games, but then he gets one or two minor injuries from the wear and tear and will probably claim the injury is nagging as his production drops. In the end of the season - especially if the team makes the playoffs - he will more or less vanish.
He is still very capable offensively (somewhere around 45-60 points), but there certainly ain't no defensive help to get here.