Gretzky was back in town. Too bad the Rangers didn't show up to greet him! Seeing the Great One got me thinking... about Jagr! Here's what I mean:
Both Gretzky and Jagr are the greatest players ever from their respective countries (Canada and The Czech Republic).
Both Gretzky and Jagr have led the league in scoring (although Jagr's stats aren't even close).
Both Gretzky and Jagr have won awards.
Both Gretzky and Jagr have won Cups.
Gretzky was asked to carry the Rangers after The Captain left. The Captain came back. Jagr was asked to carry the Pens after Mario The Magnificent retired (the first time!). Mario The Magnificent came back!
Gretzky played for the Rangers. Jagr plays for the Rangers.
Gretzky retired as a Ranger. Jagr probably will too.
Jagr scored the game winner in Gretzky's final NHL game. At the Garden.
When Gretzky played for New York, the team could never find suitable linemates for him. Gretzky lobbied hard for Pavel Bure. Bure ended up in Florida.
This season, the Rangers can't find a suitable centerman for Jagr. Jagr was unbelievable with Michael Nylander. Nylander signed with
Gretzky's lack of suitable linemates never really caused much of a distraction for the team.