Translations by Tomas Jandik
Jagr Interview - MF Dnes - 12-Apr-01
Today you will play the first playoff game against Washington, but it is said that you are distressed by many health problems. Which ones?Today you will play the first playoff game against Washington, but it is said that you are distressed by many health problems. Which ones?
Hey, I can't say that. Every smart opponent would take advantage of that, especially in the play-offs.
So say at least, which parts of yours work momentarily…
Well, obviously, I can't say that, either, because the others could use the method of exclusion and found out which parts don't work, right?
During the Stanley Cup playoffs you like to say that you have just enough energy to play hockey and go to bed. Did such a state arrive yet?
Fortunately not yet. I don't feel excessively tired. Maybe it is because of the fact that under Ivan Hlinka I don't get to the ice as much as I used to. But God help us if Mr. Hlinka decides to start rotating just two lines at some point. Then we would enter a critical situation, and I'd have to send the equipment managers for oxygen bombs. But who knows, maybe the coach would let me sit even if we played just two lines…
In last couple of years, you have became knows even thanks to your gestures in overseas arenas. You used to salute, and these days you tend to kiss two fingers and point them to the skies. Did you prepare anything new for the Stanley Cup matches?
I admit - I haven't kissed the fingers in last games. And you know why? In previous years I usually knew in advance that I would score a goal, and so I had enough time to prepare to celebrate it. But now I tend to be rather surprised that I actually manage to send the puck into the net now and then [laughter]. Well, and because I get almost into a shock because of the goal, I don't have a time to make any gesture. Simply I forget, and when I realize it, my teammates are already by me.
From Jagr's Deke ('Reflex' magazine, 4/5/01):
Hedberg is a great addition for us. He can skate behind the goal, and send the puck directly to the forwards. In fact, we don't need defensemen to start the attack. And they almost feel that way themselves. When Hlinka was giving orders to our defense, Bergevin said: "We actually don't have defenseman, we just have guys who stand in their positions."
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