If you’re talking about a farewell tour for Calgary Flames star Jaromir Jagr, he isn’t interested in hearing about it.
In what Jagr says is likely his final NHL season, the legend who is playing in his 24th season isn’t interested in a farewell tour.
“First of all, I don’t think like that,” Jagr said when asked about the possibility of playing in Washington for the final time in his career. “I’m trying to concentrate on every shift, every minute with the opportunity I’ve got.”
Jagr, 45, skated on the Florida Panthers 1st line last season but Calgary has him skating on the 3rd line for them this season.
“That’s a different role than I’ve ever been on,” Jagr said about his role with the Flames.
“I don’t mind it. It’s a new challenge. I’ve got to do stuff differently than I’m used to, but there are big opportunities, I would say. I don’t have to play much minutes, so if I’m ready we can score from the third line.”
Jagr who ranks third with 766 NHL goals behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801), and is second in points with 1,920 behind Gretzky (2,857), is playing in a limited role this season after playing in all 82 games last season.
“Things happen. They happen for a reason. So I’m not really complaining,” Jagr said. “It’s part of the game. I was pretty lucky last year. Not that lucky this year, but it’s OK.”
“He’s loving the chance to work with and speak with Johnny,” Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said.
“He thinks Johnny’s [Gaudreau] a real good player, and I always thought in Dallas and here he’s been really good for our young players. He stays out [on the ice]. They see him out there. He loves the game. He’s in the gym after. He’s always open to talk with them about the game and different things.”
Jagr has played a mentor role for both Gaudreau, Sam Bennett and rookie center Mark Jankowski.
The Flames have found success this season and hope to continue it as the campaign wears on.
“The way they play every night is the reason why we have the record we have,” Jagr said of the 12-8-0 Flames. “I’m impressed they go every night and I really appreciate that every shift.”
Jagr has six points (one goal, five assists) in 11 games this season.
“Every time I have a chance to do something, I have to do it,” he said. “I’m not going to get [many] opportunities.”
“He’s not in it for the accolades,” Gulutzan said. “I think he’s pretty secure in himself in those regards. He’s playing because he loves it, and I think people respect that and his teammates respect that.”
Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau Enjoying Strong Season
The Calgary Flames have seen some strong play from forward Johnny Gaudreau, who has played well enough to earn his 5th All-Star selection.
“Obviously he deserves it,” Flames forward Michael Frolik said, according to NHL.com. “He’s an unbelievable player. He’s so fast, and in those small spaces, those tight turns, he can handle the puck with speed. It’s fun to watch him and he’s been great this year.”
Flames defenseman Mark Giordana spoke highly of Gaudreau’s play.
“He can get you the puck in situations where you don’t think he can,” Giordano said. “But I think what people don’t see is just how competitive he is. The guys who are the best players in the League are [competitive] because they want the puck in key situations, and that’s how he is.
“Just look at his overtime play and stuff like that. I’m happy for the way his career is going but this year he’s taken that next step, for sure.”
“I think last year we played with Micheal Ferland, who was a little bit more of a shooter,” Gaudreau said of his strong play this season.
“Lindholm, obviously, is a shooter as well, but he can see the ice really well. He can make some pretty high-end plays, so I think I just got an opportunity to shoot a little more with a player like that on my line.”
Flames’ Travis Hamonic Suffers Facial Fracture During Fight
Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic will be out of action for a bit after he suffered a facial fracture during a fight with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on opening night, the team officially announced on Friday.
In a corresponding move, the Flames called up defenseman Rasmus Anderson from the AHL to fill the empty roster spot.
Hamonic and Gudbranson got into it only 4:22 into the first period.
Canadiens Trade Kerby Rychel to Flames
The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have completed a trade that will send forward Kerby Rychel to Calgary in exchange for forward Hunter Shinkaruk, according to an official team announcement from the Flames on Monday.
Rychel, 23, totalled 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points last season in the AHL split between the Toronto Marlies and the Laval Rocket, and will now join his 4th NHL organization during his short career, having spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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