Philadelphia Flyers: Jaromir Jagr Could Return Sooner Than Expected

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Philadelphia Flyers: Jaromir Jagr Could Return Sooner Than Expected
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The other day, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Jaromir Jagr would once again be out of the lineup for a week to 10 days with another groin injury. Jagr is said to have sustained the injury during the Winter Classic, when it was at first thought to be a calf injury.

Funny thing is Jagr doesn't think it'll be that long before he'll be back.

"I was surprised to hear that, because I didn’t feel that way," Jagr told Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly

"Only way I feel pain is when I push my leg all the way," Jagr said after practice yesterday. "That was in the game. Today, I felt fine, but it’s only practice and I don’t [extend] … I have at least two more practice days and it heals quick."

He also told Panaccio that this injury wasn't as bad as the one he suffered back in November but that it's still bothering him a bit.

Great news for Philadelphia. They've been dealing with injuries to some of their best players all year, and with some guys like James van Riemsdyk and Kimmo Timonen already playing hurt, it's a good thing they won't be without one of their best offensive talents for too long.

WIth Jagr out of the lineup, Matt Read has been promoted to the top line to play along side Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. So far, he's blended fairly well with his new teammates, and it's good to see the young guys really stepping it up.

Personally, I feel that Jagr may benefit from sitting out a few games. He's battled through injuries all year, and the Flyers can ill afford having him missing out of the lineup come playoff time. Jagr could probably use the rest, anyway. He's not exactly getting any younger, so the way I see it the more rest he gets, the better.

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