Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) takes the ice to face the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jaromir Jagr Is Displeased With Pete DeBoer


In this edition of As The Rock Turns, Jaromir Jagr becomes the next New Jersey Devil player to make headlines.

When Tom Gulitti caught up with Jagr after practice yesterday, Jagr had this to say:

“It doesn’t make sense to me and I don’t want to talk about it either,” said Jagr, who lead the Devils with 17 goals, 31 assists and 48 points in 57 games. “I don’t really (care) either.”
Pete DeBoer didn’t feel like throwing a temper tantrum today when asked about it:
“I know Jags likes consistent linemates,” DeBoer said. “Some guys prefer that. Some guys don’t mind change. I know he’s said before that he likes to play with the same guys. At the same time, that only works if you’re getting consistent production and we haven’t gotten enough there recently.”


As Gulitti pointed out in his blog post, that last part simply is not true. Both players have found a very consistent amount of production in the last 9-10 games and have built up a chemistry that has been building since November.

Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jagr was not in a good mood to say the least. He was very sarcastic in his interviews when he was asked about the topic and Pete DeBoer just didn’t seem to care at all what Jagr thinks.

As a matter of fact, Jagr and DeBoer have basically conflicted all season with Jagr basically implying DeBoer when talking about Jacob Josefson. He mentioned that (and I’m paraphrasing) “even though no one gives him a shot, he seems to have a lot of potential.” What did DeBoer do? Josefson has basically been a consistent healthy scratch since then.


It gets to a point where Lou Lamoriello shouldn’t care if DeBoer is the best coach for the team or not. When your head coach and players are basically taking shots at each other, it’s time for a change.

The New York Rangers saw this with their head coaching situation last season.

It’s time for a change.

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