According to NHL.com Jaromir Jagr left the New Jersey Devils on ice training session early due to soreness. Coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t seem too concerned about the veteran though:
“I think there are different types of soreness; it’s a different level when you step out onto the ice and it’s not the first time I’ve dealt with guys who had aches and pains on the first day,” DeBoer said. “It’s a long summer and especially with the older guys. It sometimes takes a little longer for the body to get used to things that quickly.”
I myself though am a little concerned. If you have to leave the ice due to aches and pains maybe its time to stop playing hockey. Now don’t get me wrong I love Jagr, he is a legend, but I don’t want him to push himself too hard. The last thing I want to see Jagr do is take advice from a Def Leppard song (it isn’t better to burn out than fade away Jags) as good a band as they are. I’m afraid that keeping up this kind of work ethic at his age could be dangerous and I would hate to see him forced into retirement by injury.
At the same time you have to admire him. He’s still trying really hard at the age of 41 but you have to find a place to stop. What do you think? Should Jagr seriously be considering retirement? Leave your comments in the box below, on twitter, or on facebook!