The Great 68

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I’m still as shocked and awed that Jaromir Jagr is a Star as I was that July afternoon when I first found out we signed him. Honestly, I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever fully grasp. To have a player of his caliber playing on the Stars is such a huge honor, and it’s SO exciting. 

Jagr’s debut tonight couldn’t have gone any better. 2 goals, 2 assists. And the last of those assists epitomizes just why he’s a magnificent player. I’m struggling to find words to adequately describe how remarkable Jagr was tonight. It was incredible to watch, both as a Stars fan and as a hockey fan. He’s a special player.

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Also awesome is the fact that Ray Whitney also scored! Yes, my darlings, the two 40-year-olds were at the center of everything tonight. Fun fact: the last time a 40-year-old scored for the Stars was Guy Carbonneau in 2000. So Jagr is on pace for 192 points. Like, this is just so great. 

Bonus: and no loser points were given to Phoenix! With that, we’re off to a good start.

Just a few points from tonight:

  • Lots of youngsters. In the first period, they seemed to be doing surprisingly well, but by the time the semi-meltdown occurred in the second we began to see just how sketchy it is to have so many kids on the squad. Jordie Benn’s giveaway was particularly awful (honorable mention to Larsen’s penalties).
  • It was so incredibly amazing to see Mike Modano and Marty Turco back with the Stars. Mo did the opening puck drop, and I almost cried out of happiness. I’ve missed that man. Turco took his place on the Stars’ broadcasting team, and it was great. I’m looking forward to having these two back where they belong.
  • With this game, Jamie Benn’s stock went down a little. This game was our proof that maybe we don’t need that punk kid (lol). Granted, tomorrow could be terrible so the issue remains unresolved…

Tomorrow is Parise, Suter, and the Wild. Should be interesting.

It’s good to be back.

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