April 4, 2013

Jagr hopes to help Bruins despite diminished skill

The Associated Press

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"And if somebody thinks he knows everything when he's 25, he's lying to you or he's dumb. You can always learn and I'm here to teach the guys and tell what I had to go through and make their hockey life easier."

Jagr joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 and they won the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons. He's still looking for his third championship and he wasn't likely to get it with the Stars, who are near the bottom of the Western Conference.

The Bruins won the Cup in 2011 and were in fourth place in the Eastern Conference before Thursday night's game.

"I'm not 25 anymore," said Jagr, who scored 47 goals during the season he turned that age. "I don't think this team really needs it. They won the Cup two years ago and when you look at the top guys, they're still here. So they know they can do it. And for me, personally, I wish I can somehow help the team to produce better."

Jagr is unsigned after this season but wants to keep playing. He could stay with the Bruins.

But he and the team aren't thinking much about that. They're focusing on making a long playoff run.

"I didn't come here hopefully to play any one game. I came here to play many more games," he said. "So I think it's going to take time to find out what's the best for us."

 

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