Jaromir Jagr: So Long and Good Luck

Garry ChristmanContributor IJuly 6, 2008

I'm a diehard Boston Bruins fan; always have been, always will be. I'm not old enough to remember them winning a Stanley Cup, but I sure do remember some of the painful moments.

The losing battles against the Bobby Clarke led Flyers of the mid-'70s, Guy Lafleur's shocking goal in the 1979 playoffs, the losses to the Oilers for the Stanley Cup. And of course, the end of the playoff seasons usually brought on by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the early '90s.

The main reasons for the Bruins' exits at the hands of the Penguins normally involved two players, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. Unfortunately, Lemieux's career was cut short by injury and illness, but he's stepped into management and helped restore the Penguins to cup-contender status.

Jagr's been able to play at a high level for the Penguins, Capitals, and Rangers. It is truly sad to see him leave the NHL for Russia.

To me, Jagr is a lot like Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys. You hate him when he's on the other team, but you sure do love him when he's on your team. He draws a lot of attention, and he's still one helluva hockey player.

He was clearly the best player for the Rangers in the playoffs this year. I wish he had chosen to stay in the NHL. Part of me wished Peter Chiarelli had made a play for him in free agency.

Good luck in Russia, Jaromir. You've killed my beloved Bruins through the years, but you have earned the respect and admiration of this fan.