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Jagr Responds to Zucker with a Salute — and a Chirp

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Zucker Chirp

Former Pittsburgh Penguins star winger Jaromir Jagr got word of current Penguins winger Jason Zucker’s homage to Jagr’s signature goal celebration and offered an entertaining response Thursday on Twitter.

Jagr, 50, posted a video of himself, in a Penguins jersey no less, talking about the salute Zucker gave after he scored Wednesday at Buffalo — you know, before things went south in a 6-3 loss. The salute was something Jagr did after scoring — something he did a lot — while playing with the Penguins.

Jagr lives in his native Czechia and owns a pro team in Kladno. He has played some for the team in recent years, although he may or may not be done playing.

For the game Wednesday in Buffalo, the Penguins debuted their reverse retro uniforms that feature the logo that Jagr wore during most of his Penguins tenure, the one that has been called a robo Penguin or even derisively a pigeon.

In the video Jagr, who won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in the 1990s, notes the hot and cold feelings toward that Penguins jersey and emphasizes, “I loooove it,” and says that going with that jersey “shows a lot of respect for our era.”

He thanks the Penguins and Zucker, but in true Jagr fashion ends with a chirp, telling Zucker to “keep working on your shot, because it wasn’t hard enough.”

He then signs off with, what else?, a salute.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
24 days ago

Classic hahahaha- not hard enough

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
24 days ago

Still a hoot, even at 50. Time for the Pens to honor him, retire his jersey, and raise it yo the rafters where it belongs.

Pete
Pete
23 days ago

Pens organization should be ashamed that 68 doesn’t hang from the rafters!
Shame shame shame!

Uros
Uros
23 days ago

Retire the jersey? Honor him? We should lure him out of retirement and sign him. He’d certainly play better than some. He’d be limited by age, not effort.

Hotwingscliff
Hotwingscliff
23 days ago

Bring back jagr

Rob
Rob
23 days ago
Reply to  Hotwingscliff

Couldn’t hurt the way things are going now for the Pens. Should’ve signed him before Kappy!

Christopher Sloan
Christopher Sloan
23 days ago

Jaguar on D! Clearing the net with sheer mass and leg strength, being in position, and with a few offensive skills to boot. 😊

maybeTROLLn
maybeTROLLn
23 days ago

LEGE !

Rob
Rob
23 days ago

I can still remember seeing him on TV when he first came with him carrying his bag of sticks through the airport.Just wondering if Lemieux kinda didn’t care for what Yagr did when he made a comeback and snubbed the Penguins for another team.