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Update on Jagr Injury

Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Coyotes was an emotional rollercoaster ride for the Flyers.

On Wednesday, Bryzgalov came out and expressed how important his time in Phoenix was only to have two of his former teammates publically reference him as a problem in the locker room. They even went as far to say that the team was better off without him.

And as if the drama surrounding Bryzgalov wasn’t stressful enough, the team would also lose one of their star players when Jaromir Jagr left the game with a lower-body injury early in the first period.

After being sandwiched by two Phoenix players, Jagr winced in pain, skated to the bench and left the ice for good.

He played only three shifts for a total of 1:22 of ice time.

After the game, GM Paul Holmgren addressed Jagr’s status.

“He’s just got a little bit of a thing in his lower body,” he said. “We don’t think it’s anything serious.”

Jagr is currently second on the team in total points (17) as well as assists (11) and ranks in the top-three on the team in goals scored (6).

He has found a niche on the team as Claude Giroux’s partner in crime, which in the process has established a bon-a-fide first line that has provided a wealth of scoring.

In addition to helping Giroux, Jagr has also aided in getting Scott Hartnell involved. Since joining with Jagr and Giroux, Hartnell has scored six goals and eight assists, which makes up 85% of his total production this season.

Losing Jagr for an extended period of time could prove detrimental to the team.

But captain Chris Pronger doesn’t view it that way.

“Well, we’ve got to keep playing,” he said, "Really, it’s an opportunity for someone else to step up and fill that void.”

James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier all rotated in filling in for Jagr.

Pronger would continue to say that he was impressed with how the team didn’t give up.

“A lot more guys got more minutes tonight because of [Jagr’s injury],” he said. “The guys carried the load and stepped in well for him.”

This certainly seemed to be the case; van Riemsdyk scored the Flyers first goal of the game with helpers from Giroux and Hartnell. 

Although it’s possible that he could miss some time, Holmgren doesn’t believe that he will be out for too long.

“I talked to Jaromir [after the game],” he said. “He thinks within a couple days he should be better.”

Holmgren said that Jagr will not be traveling with the team to Winnipeg, but that they had plans to get him back soon.

“[It] leaves him out the next game,” he said. “Hopefully we can get him back Monday.”

As of now there is no timetable for a return, but Holmgren continued to remain optimistic.

"He's going to get treatment tomorrow,” he said. “We will see how it goes from there.''


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