Jaromir Jagr was voted MVP of the Devils by the players of the team earlier this week and today he accepted the award in very Jaromir Jagr fashion: “Those who didn’t vote for me, make a better decision next time.”
Jaromir Jagr, a nostalgic favorite of most hockey fans located outside of Washington, continues to amaze us. This season, at age 42, he became the NHL’s all-time leader in game-winning goals and became just the seventh player to cross the 700-goal barrier. If he returns next season, he could pass Mike Gartner, Phil Esposito and Marcel Dionne to move into the top four in all-time goal scoring.
Imagine what he would have done had he not left for the Kontinental League for three years.
On Tuesday, the Devils announced Jagr had been voted the team MVP by the players. Today, the team had a little ceremony to hand out the awards and when Jagr accepted his MVP nod, well, his speech was done as only Jagr could do it.
If you can’t make out the audio, here is what Jagr says:
“All of the players voted today, this morning, so obviously it cost me a lot of money. I have nothing left. I really appreciate it, guys. Everyone who voted for me, it was a great decision. Those who didn’t vote for me, make a better decision next time.”
Jagr is supposed to be in decline by now, but he’s been having his best season since returning to the NHL from Russia in 2011-12. He leads the Devils with 24 goals and 64 points in 79 games, while logging an average of 19:08 of ice per night, second-most among all Devils forwards.
And the best news for all hockey fans is that he’s hinted at returning for another season.
“I want to play. I don’t know where I’m going to play,” he said. “If nothing happens this summer and I don’t get injured or something, I want to play. Of course. Why not?”
He was asked if he was happy with the way he’s played this season.
“No, that’s why I’m coming back. To be better,” he said.