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Review of 2010-2011: 47-23-12, 106 Points, 2nd In Eastern Conference, Lost In Eastern Conference Semifinals  4-0 vs. Boston

Additions Via Free Agency: Jaromir Jagr, Andreas Lilja, Maxime Talbot, Jason Bacashihua

Additions Via Trade: Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn

Subtractions:Nick Boynton, Sean O’Donnell, Brian Boucher, Ville Leino, Dan Carcillo, Danny Syvret, Matt Clackson, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, John-Michael Liles, Darroll Powe, Kris Versteeg

Jaromir Jagr (Photo: Getty Images)

Offense: A season of change in Philly is well underway. Cornerstones Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were both dealt, and coming in on the offensive side from those trades are Wayne Simmonds,Brayden Schenn, and Jakub Voracek. Schenn, a highly touted prospect, is hoping to show his abilities in his first full pro season in the NHL. (He only played 9 games over 2 seasons in LA) Wayne Simmonds brings his multi purpose offensive ability to the Flyers, he can shoot, and he can pass.  He’ll look to get another 30-40 point season this year. Jakub Voracek, a high flying right winger formerly of The Columbus Blue Jackets, has the ability to put up 50-60 points this year if he gets put with the right linemates.  Through free agency The Flyers picked up Jaromir Jagr, a former NHLer who still has some gas in the tank, and the drive to try to win one more Cup. While the years have gotten to Jagr’s speed, he still has the hands that made him famous, he can still pass with precision, and make deking look like child’s play.  He’ll look to add some punch to The Flyers 19th ranked powerplay, which should see improvement this year. The Flyers also added Maxime Talbot who will strengthen the 3rd or 4th line, not to mention, a mouth to replace Dan Carcillo’s.

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Jagr’s Heel Turn

Posted: August 31, 2011 by JoeyD in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
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Yesterday Broad Street Hockey posted quite a few juicy quotes from a Czech interview with Jaromir Jagr sure to rile up some Penguins fans. All in all I wasn’t too ticked off with anything Jagr said although there was many logic fails that I wish to address regardless of how language translations may lose intended meanings.

 “It just doesn’t make sense to me. I didn’t expect their fans to see it like this. For two reasons. First of all, I didn’t expect them to want me to sign in Pittsburgh so much to begin with, because the last eight years in the NHL, they booed at me whenever I went there. And those same fans suddenly wanted me to return. It’s a bit strange. It was a huge surprise to me.”

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In this roundtable, Realdeal, Cujo and Joey discuss many topics on the NHL’s offseason.

RD: So who did the best this offseason?

Cujo: I would say the CBJ but that would be very homerish of me.

Joey: I like what CBJ did, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski fit two points of weakness.

Cujo: They got the #1 center they have always wanted, that was the biggest piece it has taken 11 years to get.

RD: They also got the top pair d-man they desperately needed.

Cujo: But you cannot rule out what LA has done this offseason.

RD: They got that #2 center that they needed, even if they gave up the best prospect in hockey.

Joey: Washington had a solid offseason. Beyond just additions but the picks they got for Seymon Varlamov were huge.

RD: I really like Washington’s moves; they got some sandpaper.

Cujo: And Tomas Vokoun cannot forget him, a solid net minder.

Joey: Yeah when I heard Vokoun signed in Washington I hung my head and said ‘oh crap’.

RD: I think people are sleeping on the effect Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer will bring.

Joey: I really think Brouwer was a good pick up, I am a little on the fence on Ward just wondering if he is riding off a playoff showing.

RD: He’s overpaid but he’ll be a solid 2nd/3rd line producer.

Joey: Speaking of overpaid is Brooks Laich worth all that money? I think time will tell on that one.

Cujo: You’ve got to pay for potential, but he nearly had his 3rd straight 50 point season. He missed it by 2 points.

RD: Is he going to get much better? I think 50-55 points is what we’re looking at.

RD: So who’s a team whose moves were puzzling or needed to do more? I’m kind of curious to see how San Jose’s plan works out.

Cujo: I think San Jose thinks they have most of the pieces they need to make a big run at the Cup.

Joey: Buffalo giving 10 years to Christian Ehrhoff, someone who has never played a game in Buffalo?

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The season ended two months ago, teams are pretty much done making their offseason moves.  There’s nothing new to talk about in the hockey world.  Everyone’s discussed what Jaromir Jagr is going to bring to the Flyers after three years in the KHL or how Brent Burns will help the Sharks powerplay.

So how do we get our hockey fix?

It’s warm during the summer and with longer daytime hours, you can play some puck outside, right?  Maybe in the northern part of the continent, but this summer (for most of us) it’s been hot, humid, and not conducive to outdoor activities.  Nobody wants to play, and those who do, skate for a few minutes and realize it’s too hot.  Goalies refuse to suit up.  When things cool off closer to September, people will come outside and hit the rinks again.  But that still doesn’t help right now.

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Ten years ago (hell, even five years ago) if you had told me I would own a Jaromir Jagr shirt, I would have called you crazy and then kicked you out of my house.  The guy tortured Flyers fans for 17 years.  The Spectrum played Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” when Jagr was an opponent.  An anagram for his name (Jaromir) is Mario Jr., and he was the enemy, just like Mario was.  Even after he moved away from Mario to Washington and later New York, two more teams we hate, we continued  to despise him.  It was a perfect fit, one of our favorite players to hate playing for three of our most hated teams.

But the shirt is in a dresser in my room.  Orange and black with the #68 on it.  I own a shirt that says “Jagr” on it.  He is one of us.  The guy we called “Jagirl”.  We root for him now.

How can we, as Flyers fans, root for a guy who torched the Flyers for 54 goals and 120 points in 95 regular season and playoff games?

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While few knew what the Flyers were going to do coming into July 1st’s free agent frenzy, Paul Holmgren had a plan. The rumors that were going around had Jaromir Jagr signing with Pittsburgh or Detroit, but both teams dropped out of the bidding this morning, leaving the Jagr Sweepstakes open for business.

With the biggest shocker of the day, Holmgren signed Jagr for $3.3 million, stunning the hockey world. The 39 year old future Hall of Famer has a career 1599 points in 1273 NHL games. He’s spent the last three years playing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. The 1999 Hart Trophy winner has played for Pittsburgh, Washington and the Rangers in 17 NHL seasons. He’s 12th all time in goals (646) and 9th in points.

Speaking of former Penguins, the team also added C Max Talbot for 5 years, $9 million. Talbot had 21 points last year in 82 games with Pittsburgh, who he has played for the last six years. In an interview with TSN, he said, “I think it is [treason to go from Pittsburgh to Philly], but it’s the right thing to do.” He also added that players have told him “how great it is to play [in Philly]” and it’s a “great chance to win, with a great fit for me.” Talbot also said he believes in the changes the team has made over the last couple weeks. He should help the Flyers’ penalty kill, which took a few hits when the team traded both Mike Richards and Darroll Powe. The team views him as a replacement of Ian Laperriere.

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Why I love the Rangers

Posted: October 8, 2010 by forever&staalways in New York Rangers, NHL
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Finally, after much nagging from Dan, as well as a Spanish lesson involving blogs, I decided it was finally time to share the story as to how my love of the Rangers came to be.

I, like my “compartment” Dan, was born into my fandom. My dad, being a Rangers fan since 1967, passed his love of the game onto me. In fact, the first time he dressed me, he put on a New York Rangers 1994 Cup Champions shirt.

The Shirt That Started It All

My first game, I whooped and hollered all through the first period, and was out cold with by first intermission. As I got older, I attempted to find my favorite Rangers line (now a pseudo-symbol of my youth); the “Czech Mates” line of Jan Hlavac, Radek Dvorak and my then-favorite Petr Nedved. After Petr was traded in 2004, a new Czech entered the bright lights of Broadway. A man by the name of Jaromir Jagr. Though he was considered a prima donna, his scoring touch on the ice made me forget of anything outside the rink.

After “Jaggy’s” 2008 departure to Russia, I was left Czech-less once more (because there was a better chance of a Red Sox fan surviving in Yankee Stadium than me adopting Michal Rozsival). As the season started last year, I was in search of someone to root for. That opening night I found what I was looking for in a 6’4’’ red haired stay-at-home defenseman by the name of Marc Staal. Marc made me embrace and realize the importance of a strong defensive corps is for a team. It’s been like that staalways afterwards.

I must say though, my favorite moment as a fan came in February of 2009 at a charity event the Rangers hosted called “Skate With The Greats” at Rockefeller Plaza. There, I had the fantastic opportunity to meet the likes of Paul Mara, Lauri Korpikosi, Pete Stemkowski, Aaron Voros, Ron Duguay, Erik Reitz, Brandon Dubinsky and Rangers play-by-play caster, Sam Rosen. Everyone there was courteous and more than willing to chat and take photos. Pete Stemkowski (“The Polish Prince”) and I had spoken, at length, twice that night. He retold a few of his favorite stories with such a smile on his face as he signed my book and player card, and was probably the most entertaining person I met that night. Paul Mara and Lauri Korpikoski (who are both around 6 feet) looked like tanks, and laughed when I told them that I was the tallest one in my family, and they made me feel tiny. Sam Rosen and I also chatted and he wished me luck as I pursued my career in sports journalism.

Autographs from “Skate With The Greats"

The tradition that was in attendance that night, and the guys there; old, young, famous or just starting off, were cordial and great company to have. They were class acts, and that’s one of the main things I love about the Rangers. They always honor their history.