Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Jagr Will Miss a Week

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they expect to be without veteran forward Jaromir Jagr for the next 7-to-10 days because of a groin strain, which came to light during the Winter Classic on Monday, which forced him to leave the game in the 1st period and not return.  Footage from the game had shown that he was dealing with something in the lower-body and the team was good enough to confirm that this afternoon.

There is little doubt how big of an impact that Jagr has had on the Flyers and how much of an impact Claude Giroux has had on continuing his career, but there was certainly some risk when the Flyers picked him up as an off-season signing, namely that he isn't a young man any more.  Nevertheless, 31 points (12 goals and 19 assists) in 33 games this season will allow the team to be very forgiving of any minor knocks that Jagr will suffer in the year.

ImplicationsAs of Tuesday afternoon, Jagr ranks 58th in pool scoring this year, which would be good enough for a 3rd round pick in this season's draft and that looks really good on Scott G., who picked him 70th overall in the draft this year.  Jagr has been one of Scott's brightest spots this season, but he hasn't had too many bright spots over the last six or seven weeks, as his team has now dropped down to 14th and has some room to drop without Jagr in his line-up for the week.

The Jagr injury now makes four players currently on the injured list for Scott, which is terribly unlucky for his first year in the draft.

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