Panthers, Jackets meet in Florida (Nov 26, 2016) – FOXSports.com
SUNRISE, Fla. — They both have distinctive hairstyles, they are both considered old for their careers, but dare we say that right winger Jaromir Jagr has overcome long odds even more times than right winger Donald Trump.
Sticking to hockey from here on out in this story and forgetting — mercifully — about politics, the Florida Panthers‘ Jagr and his infamous mullet hairstyle have been counted out numerous times over the past several years.
With just two goals and seven assists entering Saturday’s home game for the Panthers (10-9-1) against the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-5-3), Jagr is starting to hear the whispers again.
Has he lost a step … or three?
Is he finally finished?
Is it time for him to hang up his hockey sweater and try a comfy cardigan instead?
Jagr, who turns 45 in February and is playing on a one-year, $4 million contract, is philosophical when asked about whether he is nearing the end.
“At a young kid coming in, you just go and play,” said Jagr, who is third on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. “You don’t think about what could happen.
“It’s like driving a car. When you are young, you go as fast as you can, and you don’t think about getting killed. Same thing with hockey — you don’t play the same way when you are 18 as you do when you are 40. Now there’s a little bit of fear of what can happen.”
Jagr was still an offensive threat for the Panthers last season, leading the team in points with 27 goals and 39 assists in 79 games.
But while Jagr is trying to make his game great again — his younger teammates have flourished.
Panthers forwards Jonathan Marchessault, 25, and Denis Malgin, 19, have played surprisingly well.