Re: Milbury and Jones on Jagr
posted at 6/17/2013 11:01 AM EDT
In response to asmaha's comment:
I recall we were all screaming at Recchi during the '11 run as well...too slow, time to hang 'em up, holding back Marchand and Bergeron, etc, etc etc.
I'm not a huge Jagr fan, but he is far from the problem. Yes, maybe Seguin on that line would make it better, but you gotta look at it from the other angle and think about what demoting Jagr would do to the 3rd line. It's better this way - more balance.
This is why he is on that line, not because Jagr is a much better player than Seguin, he isn't, it's because he would weaken that 3rd line significantly as it wouldn't even be a good defensive line anymore.
Jagr is a wizard in the offensive zone and when the Bs have the puck in the neutral zone, however, backchecking, forechecking, playing D and line changes are parts I have issues with.
Net, net , he's better than Bourque, Daug, Soderberg, et all the replacement possibilities but I continue to have a problem with his coasting. Milbury is not that crazy in his assessment.
Bergeron and Marchand can make up for a lot of Jagr's faults and I still think he's great in the offensive zone, but the way it is constituted is better since CJ wants to run 3 lines.