If Jaromir Jagr's spurning of the Penguins during free agency earlier this summer didn't leave a sour enough taste in fans' mouths, recent comments made to a Czech news service and dug up by the network's Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey, might do the trick.â†µ
Asked what he thought of Penguins fans' reactions to his signing with Philadelphia, Jagr held nothing back.
"It's a good example on how easily people change their minds. As long as you wear their jersey, you’re the best in the world. When you take the jersey off, you’re nothing."â†µ
"I’ve experienced a lot in my nearly forty years. But it will be a strange feeling to play there. It’s not easy to play somewhere where everyone boos at you and wishes you the worst. It’s not an easy situation and it will depend on myself; how I will deal with it. The best response would be if I scored."â†µ
There's much, much more over at BSH, so it's highly encouraged you click over there for the full piece. To sum things up, though, it seems Jagr took the treatment he received following his departure from Pittsburgh to heart and is now turning it back on Penguins fans.â†µ
Nevermind he invited the booing upon himself by forcing his way out of the organization when it needed him most, Jagr thinks he's been wronged, and that appears to be his reason for picking the Flyers over the Penguins.â†µ
The real shame is many Pens fans hoped their franchise legend had moved past his acrimonious departure from Pittsburgh and were ready to forgive him and welcome him back. Jagr is throwing that good faith back in their face here, and if he thought his reception at Consol Energy Center this fall was going to be cold for signing with the Pens' arch rival, he's probably got another thing coming with these comments.â†µ