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Despite two Stanley Cups, five scoring titles and one Hart Trophy in Pittsburgh, the legendary Jaromir Jagr left the Steel City amidst controversy—leaving the Penguin faithful seething with ill will.
After a mediocre stint with the Washington Capitals and resurgent years in New York, Jagr signed an extremely lucrative (and tax-free) contract with Omsk of the KHL, spending three seasons playing in Russia.
The true drama came prior to the 2011-12 season when Jagr announced he was returning to the NHL at age 39. Experts and fans alike were convinced that Jagr would finish his career in Pittsburgh, but at the last moment, his plane diverted to rival Philadelphia where the Czech winger inked a one-year deal with the Flyers instead of the Penguins.
Pittsburgh fans were willing to accept Jagr back, but he further spurned a fan base that supported him vehemently for several years.