Jaromir Jagr uncertain of return to Flyers
Jaromir Jagr, a future Hall of Famer and an unrestricted free agent come July 1, wouldn’t address his future Tuesday night after the Flyers were handed a season-ending 3-1 loss by the New Jersey Devils.
“Right now, I don’t know,” said Jagr, who turned 40 in February. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. It doesn’t matter what’s going to happen.”
Jagr did make it clear more than once that he absolutely loved his first season with the Flyers, one that also was his first back in the NHL after three seasons playing for a Kontinental Hockey League team in Russia.
“I have to say thanks for the support from the fans,” he said. “I love everybody on this team. That was probably my most enjoyable year I ever had. I win some Cups, I win some trophies, but I love this year. From the organization to the last player on the team, and the fans, they were so nice to me.”
Jagr had a tough ending to a nice season. No. 68 was scoreless with one shot in Game 5 and managed just one assist for the series, but before that, he had 19 goals and 54 points in 73 regular-season games plus one goal and six assists in the six-game, first-round victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“You finish the whole story, the whole year,” Jagr said. “It’s a sad day for me. I don’t want to cry right now, but … “
Suspended Flyers star Claude Giroux felt helpless watching his teammates lose a game that ended the season.
Dressed in a suit and tie, the NHL’s leading playoff scorer watched the first period from the press box, sometimes from a seat next to teammate Jody Shelley, sometimes while pacing.
The rest of the game, he was downstairs either in the dressing room or in a runway, and when the end came, he immediately walked out to the Flyers bench to put his arm on the shoulder of defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who remained sitting there after everyone else had left.
“The guys gave everything they had,” Giroux said. “They worked hard. We played the kind of hockey that we do play. Not to be able to go to Game 6, it’s frustrating.”
“I didn’t think I was going to get suspended, to be honest,” Giroux said. “Obviously I hit his head with my shoulder, but I still think I didn’t jump. My elbow was down. That wasn’t my intention to hit his head. I think (Shanahan) wants to get hitting to the head out of the game, and I respect that.”
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