Sam Rosen told a Maple Leaf fan radio station today that Jagr said that it will be a “miracle” if he plays in Game 3, but he would be in the lineup if he could play even a little.
Rumor also has it that Lunquist will be back in net for game 3.
Jagr is out because of his own bad luck and a poor coaching decision by Renney. Renney’s “hunch” to put in Kevin Weekes backfired, and now if Lundquist loses game 3, his confidence could be shot forever, and we’ve seen what that can do to regular season goalies like Marty Turco, Patrick Lalime, and Dan Cloutier.
There have to be at least a few Rangers in the locker room that are starting to lose faith in their coach. Even still, what they need is not Jagr, a perennial self-interested non-playoff performer. (Who cares if he helped beat the Devils in the first round–he’s never won shit without Mario Lemieux around.)
They need players like Patrik Elias, John Madden, and Martin Brodeur. They have none.