CALGARY–The placement of Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve by the Calgary Flames seems makes plausible that injuries are keeping the Czech right wing out of the lineup, something team officials and Jagr have maintained for two weeks. The action is retroactive to Dec. 31, the last game Jagr played for the Flames.
Jagr has missed 22 of 44 games for Calgary this season, or twice as many as he missed in the previous five seasons combined. Three of those games were due to getting himself after he missed training camp signing on the eve of the 2017-18 season. The rest have been missed because of nagging undisclosed injuries given the cryptic “lower body” area, according to the team. Before this season the durable Czech never missed more than 19 games in a season, the amount he missed in 1999-2000, his 10th season in the NHL. Remarkably good health as always been his companion through his career which started in the 1990-91 season.
So as the healing continues, who knows where or when Jagr will play again, and for that matter what league it will be.
If Jagr doesn’t find a new home in the NHL soon, he’ll always have a home in Kladno. The team is ready for him to return to the Czech Republic, now or later. This story from the Czech republic may need converted to your language of choice with a translation app.
Jagr, either directly or through his representation, said last week that he was almost certainly not going to be playing for the Czech Olympic team in the upcoming Olympics because he is still under contract to Calgary and recovering from his injury, details of which have still not been officially revealed.
A clue in the mystery injury?
Article from Czech republic shows knee brace hanging in Jagr’s stall. This would be a new medical problem for Jagr as he’s previously been treated for groin injuries during his mostly durable hockey career.
As for the Flames (24-16-4), they swept a pair of games from Tampa Bay and Florida in the Sunshine State and are riding a six-game winning streak. Contributions are coming from up and down the lineup plus quality netminding from Mike Smith has some talking like he could challenge Johnny Gaudreau for team MVP.
Meanwhile, never one to sit around, Jagr was observed on the playing surface of Calgary’s Saddledome, toying with a new sport.
To save you hours of link searching, we’ve shared the best Jagr articles we stumbled across monitoring twitter and waiting for news on whether #68 will find a new home in the NHL or elsewhere after he recovers.
From the republic. Translate, if necessary.
Kladno hockey fans and team officials dream if Jagr will rejoin the team in coming weeks. (Translate if necessary).
Czech/Slovak night in Tampa on Thursday, Jan. 11 attracted hundreds but no Jagr
About 200 signed up for the event and received nice hats with the Lightning logo as well as the Czech and Slovakia flags.
For the rest of the photos, follow the dropbox link on the posting on the Travelling Jagrs facebook page.
Panthers discuss not seeing Jagr at Sunrise for game with Flames
Latest Jagr-O-Meter. No changes in Jagr career totals and catching Gordie Howe for most games played all time may slip away in the next couple weeks.
Flames benefit from Jagr’s presence despite injuries and low output
Calgary Sun columnist opines on Jagr’s time in Calgary
Sportsnet reports Flames would have signed Jagr again.
A nice statistical look at Jagr’s accomplishments with pretty charts and graphs
No news causes panic in the masses
Didn’t we play “Guess the Team last summer?”
Saving the ho-hum for last. Johnny-come-lately Jagr fan admits he wasn’t always
From one of the Florida Panthers blog sites, written by people who don’t even attend games. Some sports fans are odd people, hating people they’ve never met for having the audacity to use their talents to do the best they can in a game against a team they support.
The jagrometer.com graphics are getting a little dusty from inactivity.
A message for our Czech readers.
In recent years Czech fans, either visiting from Europe or USA-based, have been seen wearing the #68 Czech national team jersey, wearing wigs like the Travelling Jagrs and waving the Czech flag. Most arenas will allow the flag if you wear it as a cape. Please visit the USA or Canada this year and feel free to write to me for advice on planning your trip. Air BnB is popular for those trying to get the most of their travel budget. Most NHL cities have other interesting things to visit to supplement your vacation to the USA and Canada with enriching experiences.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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The NHL has several outlets to distribute news on the game and maintains player profile pages which include video highlights.
nhl.com and @nhl on twitter are two great options. Sign up for your favorite teams and get regular reports with them.
nhl.tv is the official page for the subcription service offered by the nhl. Never miss a Jagr game!
Canadian hockey outlets include
American hockey outlets include
Calgary Flames Website:
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr on twitter. This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are:
This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all. With 700,000+ followers, he doesn’t monitor the page that closely or answer messages, so don’t be offended.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@NHLFlames is the official twitter of the Calgary Flames.
@EricFrancis writes for the @Calgaryherald.
@DidJagrPlay–Fan updates this post which monitors Jagr’s games played as he chases Gordie Howe’s all time games played record.
The following Flames Bloggers should have some Jagr content this season:
@Zdenek_Janda Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic, sometimes from the USA.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL. Smid now covers international affairs but has remained friends with Jagr through the years. A good follow for his international news. The book is till available on Amazon and ebay, tells the early story of Jagr’s life and career through 1996. Comes with a nice replica autograph inside so don’t be fooled by claims that the book is hand-signed by Jagr unless there’s a second, smaller signature somewhere.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey lover shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general from scholarly research on hockey. She gets an A+ and First Star from us. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.
@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech but some devices can translate to English. Follow them at:
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@hokej.cz is another Czech hockey site
@deniksport very interested in Jagr and have several reporters who file stories on the Legend.
Tomas Pokorny is a Czech hockey reporter and worth a twitter follow: @topicek
TRAVELLING JAGRS links
@68isgr8 is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend. This is the official site for the group but is the personal twitter for Dallas Stars Jagr, aka Trevor Freeman
Speaking of pictures or any other inquiries–write to the Travelling Jagrs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group also has a website: http://www.travellingjagrs.com. Follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/695821573799933/
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
The Legend Continues.