What an achievement. This whole season I’ve been contemplating what the legacy of Jagr should be. After his slow start here I thought he should call it after this season. It feels like the Panthers keep him around just for some media and fan service. Everyday becomes some new achievement just because of his tenure playing how ever many games he’s had and where that places him, but when he finally closes the book on his career he’s probably going to be remembered as a Penguin, not a Panther. But now things kinda changed. Obviously over the past week he’s proves he could still contribute with 4 points in the past 2 games alone (yes I get its a very very tiny sample size), but now he moves into second all time in NHL points. The only one above him being Gretzky’s point total which definitely will never be touched. So now it’s almost as if Jagr is at the very top in NHL lore. He’s a guy that played through the eras and achieved such an insurmountable point total wearing a Panther jersey. Maybe he will be remembered only as a Penguin for winning those cups, but as of now he’s still playing, and as much as we seem to be running though quick sand, he’s not stopping. That alone is keeping the dream alive that we’ll one day soon, win the cup, and if Jagr’s name is engraved in the cup one more time, then his time as a Panther definitely will be a large part of his legacy.
P.s- Gretzky’s point total is so ridiculous. I have no idea when Jagr will stop, but if they legalize the use of HGH, then Jagr will break it one day.
Head Coach of the Atlantic Division- Gerard Gallant/The Best Michael Chiklis look alike.
Second year back with the cats and serious contender for the Jack Adams award, shit last year i think he should’ve gotten it bringing the Panthers to the most improved team in the league and probably will claim that title again this year considering they’re the hottest team in the league right now. Maybe once he coaches all the rest of the peons in the Atlantic the rest of the league will realize he deserves the Jack Adams
Captain of the Atlantic Division- Jaromir Jagr/Legend
Who’s your daddy? This man. Seriously. He could’ve fathered half the roster. The Atlantic and league should be honored to have him as captain and by that, they should all just move away and let him score goals/chill out on the bench because he’s 43, one of the best players on The Panthers, Need him to always be healthy come playoff time.
Defense men- Aaron Ekblad/Calder Winner/Male Model
Oh no big deal two Norris winners and a third one coming on the way. Being under Bobby Orr’s camp and life long follower of Niklas Lidstrom. I know you cant pre-win awards but Im pretty sure Ekblad is gonna win at least 7 Norris Trophies in his career. Not to mention the looks. I mean Pk has style and Karlsson has flow, Ekblad? he’s got both. Seriously Ekblad deserves a Slashie for best NHL Defenseman/ Male Model…and not the other way around.
Goaltender- Roberto Luongo
As far as non back up goalies goes in the east its Holtby, Luongo, and Bishop for the best GAA. Holtby being in the Metro leaves the Atlantic with Lu and Bishop. Lu obviously served as goalie last year as well in the NHL All star along with Ekblad. Hopefully Bishop plays more cause in the end the ASG is just for fun, for the fans and shouldn’t be taken too seriously and i can’t get the memory of Lu and Montoya both going down in the same game and pretty much severed our chance of going to the Playoffs last year. Preserve the health and Lu can give you a chance to win every night. Just need Holtby to become a sieve at some point and the Vezina can finally go to Lu.