Devils winger Jaromir Jagr got awfully existential when discussing his lack of playing time recently.
Over the last six games, Jagr is averaging 14:05 in ice time, playing fewer than 14 minutes three times. Although he has seen his ice time reduced at other times in his career, he said, “Maybe not like that”
So, why is this happening now?
“Why does the world turn this way all the time,” Jagr asked turning his finger in a counter-clockwise motion. “I don't know. I didn't create this world. I wish it would go the other way sometimes. You get younger. Why is gravity keeping us on this Earth? That's the way it is. It's part of the life and I don't mind it. It just makes you open up a little bit. Sometimes it's good when it happens like that. You don't want it to happen, but if you learn from it, you don't take things easy.
Jagr's one season in Philadelphia playing with universe ponderer Ilya Bryzgalov clearly had quite an impact.
Jagr reportedly wants to be traded before next week's deadline, preferably to an Eastern Confernce contender. If not, Bryz's old advice could come in handy: "Be happy. Don't worry, be happy right now."
- Dan Gartland