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Jaromir Jagr missed the New Jersey Devils' preseason with what was probably a groin injury, and his performances in his first two regular season games involved a single shot taken in 15:40 played against Pittsurgh last Thursday (the Devils lost 3-0) and a -2 and a shot in 13:40 played against the Islanders on Friday (the Devils lost 4-3 in a shootout).
The New York Times' Pat Hickens reports that Jagr was also demoted during Friday night's game, and while it's early--very early--Hickens wonders aloud whether an incredibly short summer (thanks to Jagr's foray into late June with the Cup-finalist Bruins) and a preseason-less campaign have yielded simply a backfire or two from the revving engine of an "Old Warhorse," or perhaps something more ominous:
“It’s tough,” [Devils coach Pete] DeBoer said after Friday night’s loss. “He didn’t play any exhibition games, he missed all of training camp. He gave us some strong shifts in the overtime and down the stretch.”
While he is not the same player who won five Art Ross trophies as the league’s leading point scorer and who was selected for nine All-Star teams, Jagr showed flashes of brilliance Friday. He still glides smoothly and strongly on his skates and still commands a defender when he has the puck. He nearly picked up his first point in the first period Friday, setting up [Ryane] Clowe at the goal mouth, but Clowe’s shot hit the post.
“We’ve won three Stanley Cups since then, but winning against them on the big stage is not just for me, but for the fans of New Jersey who’ve always taken the second seat,” Brodeur said. “They’re going to be pretty happy, going to work, going to school.
“We made a lot of people really happy by beating them.”
-Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.
“There’s only one guy that likes beating the Rangers more than Marty, and that’s Lou [Lamoriello, the GM].” Hey, these guys have been through this rivalry for 20 years.”
-Pete DeBoer, head coach of the Devils.
More from Marc Everson of the NY Post.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
This latest mysterious move by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello might foster less skepticism if it wasn’t his ninth coaching change since the last lockout. The 100-day hunt for a coach to lead the team back to the playoffs yesterday produced one who has never been there.
It is clearly more philosophy, work ethic and intangibles than his NHL track record that made Pete DeBoer the Devils’ coach. DeBoer never coached the Panthers to the playoffs during three years in his first NHL job, yet that is his task for a Devils team that missed the postseason for the first time in 14 seasons.