Friday, April 5, 2013
Jagr: 'I have to learn the kids' game'
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After providing the game-winning goal in the Bruins' debut Thursday night, Jaromir Jagr seemed a bit more comfortable during his first full practice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Jagr’s goal at 1:20 of the second period helped the Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. With Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup indefinitely with a concussion, coach Claude Julien decided to insert Jagr on the team’s second line and switch Tyler Seguin to the middle, with Brad Marchand on the other wing.
Both Marchand and Seguin admitted after the game that it was a bit surreal playing alongside the future Hall of Famer, but during Friday’s practice the trio were connecting more.
“It’s going to take time, there’s no question about it,” Jagr said. “I have to learn the kids’ game and they have to learn mine. We have to feed off each other. I have some strengths and they have some strengths, but it’s going to take time. It’s not easy to come to a new team. If you come before the season, you’ve got three to four weeks of training camp. This is different.”
Jagr arrived in Boston after the Bruins lost out on Jarome Iginla, who was initially traded to Boston but used his no-movement clause and instead decided to play in Pittsburgh. That opened the door for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to acquire Jagr from the Dallas Stars.
“I was probably reading it, like everybody else, on the Internet and I saw the first highlight of Iginla going to Boston, so I didn’t follow it after that, but the next day I found out he didn’t,” Jagr said. “Sometimes that’s what happens. You can’t trust anybody in this business. You never know, I’ve learned that.”