Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
What do Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, and Jaromir Jagr all have in common? They are all future Hall of Famers playing in, perhaps (with Kobe, definitely) their final professional seasons. But while Kobe and Peyton are shells of their former MVP selves, Jagr is still going strong at 43. With a team-leading 8 goals and 18 points, Jagr is on pace to finish with his most goals in a season since 2006-07. His strong play has not gone unnoticed by fans who have him as one of the leading vote-getters for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, but one person in particular is strongly opposed to Jagr playing in the All-Star Game: Jagr himself.
The soon-to-be 44-year-old says he’s too old for the exhibition game which will be a 3-on-3 format:
In an interview with the Tennessean, Jagr said he is a fan of the format change as it will bring in new excitement to the event. But he also admits that his current playing style isn’t conducive to the up-tempo format:
“Three-on-three, it’s too much for me. I was (a fan of the format) 15 years ago, not when you turn 44…It’s good for (the) NHL, that’s for sure. You get a lot of scoring chances, and that’s what the fans wanted to see. I don’t think they necessarily wanted to see the goals, but they want to see the chances to be able to score and that’s what you got in three-on-three. It’s changed a little bit in the first few games because guys learn a lot. They learn that (having) possession of the puck is more important than making hope plays, but still a lot of scoring chances.”
Somehow, I don’t think Jagr’s campaign is going to work the way he wants and his social media humor is likely to endear him to even more fans who will vote him in. As a Twitter commenter said, Jaromir Jagr is a legend on the ice and quickly entering Twitter legend status as well.