Jaromir Jagr and the Calgary Flames waited as long as they could to put him in the lineup, and last night, the future Hall of Famer was on the ice for his first game with his new team.
The 45-year-old did not record any points in the 4-3 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings, and skated just under 14 minutes during the game. But he is still looking for his old hockey legs, and made a blunt assessment after the contest.
"I didn't feel very well," Jagr said following the victory, per Lisa Dillman of NHL.com. "But, I expect that. I'm glad it's behind me, so hopefully next game I feel better ... After my legs come back, it's going to be a little bit different."
"There were some shifts when we were able to play down low. It's the way we should play. After my legs come back, it's going to be a little bit different."
Jagr will hope to record his first point as a Flame on Friday, when he faces the Ottawa Senators. But for now, the veteran can be proud that he is one game closer to Gordie Howe's record 1,767 games played. as he currently sits fourth all-time with 1,712 contests under his belt.