Bear in mind Jaromir Jagr was smiling when he said all this, but the exchange about his absence in the shootout was telling nonetheless.
Asked what number he was going in the shoout, Jagr said, “Eighteen.”
Before I could even get off another question, he said, “Don’t ask me about the shootout. When I go in you guys ask me why I go in. When I don’t go in you ask me why I don’t go in. Make up your mind. Do you want me to go or do you not want me to go?”
Then he said, “I’m bad. There’s a lot of good players.”
I agree that there might be better options than Jagr for the shootout, but I don’t know about some of them tonight. Michal Rozsival? Martin Straka? What, was Colton Orr unavailable?
Besides, let’s not forget that Jagr’s last shootout effort, in the Montreal debacle, was actually an impressive move that he just narrowly missed.Anyway, that’s all for tonight. More tomorrow…