Should Jaromir Jagr Retire After 2013 Stanley Cup Letdown?

By David Fouty
Jaromir Jagr Boston Bruins
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It’s never easy to lose a legend, but it appears it may be time for Jaromir Jagr to hang it up. Jagr became more and more of a non-factor as the playoffs wore on to the point that he may have actually been hurting his team.

Jagr was only able to register 6:27 of ice time in the decisive game Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It could be argued that the marathon match in Game 1 did a number on him, but his minutes were sporadic throughout the entire playoffs and he was held goal-less throughout despite the fact the Boston Bruins did their best to keep him fresh.

One game he would register 20 minutes and be forced to play only 15 in the next.  The inconsistency made it difficult for the Bruins to keep a rhythm collectively as the playoffs wore on.

If he played center where his lack of speed could be masked, it might be a different story, but Jagr has never played anywhere other than on the wing. If he were dominant in the face off circle he could bring something other than goal-scoring to the table, but that’s not the case.

It’s not like he didn’t get chances in the playoffs. Jagr was fourth on his team in shots registered with 58 but was unable to bury a single one. He’s scored just 36 goals in his last 159 games played over the past two seasons.

If this is how he finished the 48-game schedule, imagine an 82-game schedule and how that might wear on him.  He’ll turn 42-years-old next season which is more than pushing it in the NHL.

As hard as it will be to see him go, all good things must come to an end.

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