Raising the Stanley Cup again wasn't the ultimate hockey motivation for a young Jaromir Jagr. He'd done that twice in his first two NHL seasons. It was a lot of fun winning with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but playing with the great Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Kevin Stevens, Mark Recchi, Paul Coffey and other stars had its drawbacks.
Early in his career, Jagr complained about not getting enough time on the power play. The Penguins accommodated him there by trading Recchi.
Around the same time, Jagr, at age 20, felt that he was grossly underpaid and demanded that Pittsburgh renegotiate his contract. They did, but beforehand he told Sports Illustrated in 1992, "If they have no money, trade me. I want to be traded where there's beaches. I have two Stanley Cup rings. I don't need more rings. I just need money and beaches and girls."
Ah, looking back at himself all those years ago, Jagr understands that he was immature and unappreciative. Now 39 and back in the NHL playing for the Flyers after three seasons in Russia, Jagr would love to get his paws on that Cup one more time.
Jagr has eyes on another Stanley Cup
Courier-Post | Sep 18