Stability keys Flyers' fast start

Updated: October 18, 2011, 12:10 PM ET
By Craig Custance

The Philadelphia Flyers had just shut out the New Jersey Devils on a Saturday night when Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren spotted Jaromir Jagr in a room across from the locker room. The 39-year-old was doing postgame sit-ups and push-ups, but that's not what impressed Holmgren. The impressive thing was that he had recruited a bunch of the younger players to join him.

When Holmgren signed Jagr to a one-year, $3.3 million deal this summer, he knew he was getting a world class talent. He didn't know he was getting this.

"That's an encouraging sign when you have a future Hall of Famer who has accomplished what he has accomplished in the league and he's doing extra," Holmgren said. "Plus he's recruiting young guys to do extra. I didn't know that part of him. You see him play, but some of the things you don't know about him off-ice and how hard he trains and how hard he prepares. I didn't know anything about that."