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Translations by Tomas Jandik
Jagr Press Conference - MF Dnes & Czech Press Agency - 26-Jun-01
http://hokej.idnes.cz/nhl.asp?r=nhl&c=A010626_142815_nhl_bra&t=A010626_142815_nhl_bra&r2=nhl

Jagr on his departure from Pens:

“There is no way back”.

“[When I went to clear my locker room the last week], I saw people that I have known for a long time there. Some of them had tears in their eyes”.

“There is no reason to dwell on it. I want it, Pittsburgh wants it too. It will be the best solution for both sides.”

Could he stay?

“There is no problem with motivation. I still want to be the best player in the world; I want to return on the throne. I just need to make a few adjustments that will ultimately help me to achieve it. The trade is one of them.”

“[Staying] wouldn’t probably be the best solution. It would be difficult for the team to hold on to all of the free agents…. And with the first problems in the new season I would find myself under the media pressure, again. That’s because of Jagr, newspapers would write. Why didn’t we trade him? Why didn’t we get different players for him?”

But he will not sell his Pittsburgh house:

“I’ll keep it. What if I come back? {with laughter}… I also won’t be moving anything [to the new place]. I’ll furnish the new house from the scratch.”

On the NJ series:

“It was a terrible feeling. I was totally pathetic on the ice, I don’t ever want to experience anything like that. I played terribly, the second line played badly as well, and neither Mario played the way he could. They were laughing at him when they were stripping him of the puck. They weren’t laughing at me. I did not get to the puck in the first place.”

On his conflict with Mario:

“I wasn’t there when he [criticized me]… I was surprised by that. I did not play my best, but I was trying really hard….I am sure it could have been done differently. I can accept critique. But if he told me that when we were alone, directly to my eyes, it would have been better for everyone.”

And most importantly, on following Martin Straka (who plans to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend this summer):

“It would bring way too many changes at one time, and my body might to keep up with all this pressure {with laughter}”.

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From http://www.hokej.cz:

Can you predict the reaction of the fans in Pittsburgh during the next season when you come back wearing a jersey of a different team?

I have known many players who left and then came back to Pittsburgh with another team. It has never been as positive as I thought it would be. People live with the present, especially in America, and they consider any player of the other team an opponent. I had always thought that if I left it would be different. At that time, I was still pretty naïve. Right now I think that in my case it will be pretty much the same as when any other player came back.

Dominik Hasek said that he wants to play for a Stanley Cup contender. Do you have a similar wish?

Dominik Hasek is in completely different situation. He has never won the Stanley Cup and like every other player he wants to win one before he retires. He had announced the end of his career two years ago, and he has been postponing it since, hoping for the Cup victory. I managed to win twice with Pittsburgh, even though it was such a long time ago. On the other hand I hope I would be able to play for ten more years and I would be able to win at least two more Cups.
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While in Pittsburgh, you made the playoffs every single year. Do you think you could manage a trade to a team that’s not used to winning all the time?

It’s hard to say. I don’t know myself that well to be able to answer this. I hope that I would be able to face such a situation in a positive way, but I can’t say that in advance.

Would you like to end up on a team where, similarly to Pittsburgh, they would build their game plan around yourself?

I, like every guy, am pretty proud, and I would very much welcome if the club believed me enough to do that. To put the weight of responsibility on me and let me lead the team to the victories.

But in NY Rangers, the team that’s mentioned the most often, they already have a leader – Mark Messier. Would you two get along?

I don’t know Mark Messier much. But during the All Star Games he always treated me as well as my family nicely. He is an excellent player, he has great authority, he managed to lead his team to the Stanley Cup, and so it’s good to learn from such players. They have other excellent players, such as Petr Nedved, my ex-teammate. The team is good enough to start making it into the playoffs again, and ultimately to get back to the very top.

In last three years in Pittsburgh, you have carried captain’s “C”. Do you think about whether you’ll receive it in your new club as well or how long it is going to take before you are going to have the decisive voice again?

The “C” on your jersey does not mean that you have the decisive voice. The respect of the players and coaches has to be earned. I don’t need to be the only star of my new team; they may have two or three. The more, the better.

You are known as a playful type. Don’t you think that a big city such as New York or Los Angeles could eat you up?

I don’t see how I would enjoy myself differently somewhere else, and I don’t care if I am in Pittsburgh or in New York. I have already tried everything, some things that I used to do five years ago seem almost ridiculous to me now. But everybody has to get through that stage. I don’t believe that this big change would impact me in a negative way.

In the summer you will attend the wedding of Martin Straka. Will you get inspired by it?

Martin Straka has lived with his girlfriend for five or six years. He is due for marriage. I am glad I was invited. Everybody knows when it is an appropriate time to do something. In my case, it wouldn’t be a wise decision right now. When I look at it from Andrea’s side, she has her school and she still wants to continue her modeling career. Right now it would be useless. But if you live with one person in the same house, you can say it is the same as if you were together.


Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.

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