OK, lots of ground to cover and not a lot of time to cover it:
“Seriously, there was nothing between us,” Jagr said. “There was nothing wrong. He was the guy that brought it in. It was bad timing. I’ve got no problem with anybody. I love my teammates. I’d do anything for them.” Then Jagr couldn’t resist a joke. “I even sit on the bench when we’re supposed to go to a shootout.”
So just to clarify, I said to Jagr, there was never a conversation where you said Ward has to go? Jagr continued.
“Are you kidding me? I am 35 years old. I don’t know how long I’m going to play. I’m going to play one year. Do you think it’s going to bother me? I understand not everybody is going to like you. I don’t really care. I like everybody. There are so many great players, so many great guys. Even if it’s something, but it wasn’t, there are 24 other guys. It was just bad timing. I don’t think he feel comfortable here, but I don’t make changes. All of a sudden he was benched last game and all of a sudden, whatever happens last week comes into the newspaper. But he brought it into the newspaper, not me.”
OK, more to come later….