Philadelphia Flyers Jaromir Jagr on Winter Classic: Been There, Done That

Stan FischlerContributor IJanuary 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks to pass during warm-ups before playing against the New York Rangers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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There are two views about future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr—one positive and the other negative.

Both surfaced in the last week, which included JJ’s visit to Pittsburgh, where he received negative reviews.

The following explains why; Jagr, on why he still does his patented salute that he began doing as a youngster in Pittsburgh: “Since I came back, I’ve done it since my first goal this year in Philadelphia. I’ve got to enjoy every moment. I don’t know how many (more) games I’m going to play. Every game can be my last game. I’m happy for every goal I can score.”

Unless he’s playing outside, that is.

Most of the Flyers couldn't be more excited to have played in the Winter Classic, but Jagr is not one of them.

“You know, it’s so funny to me—everybody is so happy here to play outside. When I was a kid, I played outside all the time and I was so happy to play inside. I think I’m the only guy who is upset about it. Trust me, it’s a lot better to be inside.”

Jagr tweaked a groin during the Winter Classic, shelving him for 10 days to two week.

Maybe Jagr was on to something?