Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr's take

| Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

From Jaromir Jagr's media meeting Thursday morning:

On his time in Pittsburgh:

"I played the best hockey I ever played here, no question about it. The fans supported our team even in the tough times. The locker room was good. The fans don't really know everything that happens in the locker room. All they know is what they read in the newspaper and what the media says. Sometimes, I felt it wasn't right. When I was in a bad mood, it was only because I wasn't playing the way I wanted to play.

On his relationship with Mario Lemieux:

"For my side, nothing has changed with Pittsburgh fans. Maybe it's changed with the media because guys write things that aren't even true. It's normal. But to the fans, ownership, the city, nothing has changed. I'll always love it. Because someone boos me doesn't mean I'll say bad things about the city. With Mario, he showed me the big leagues. He was my idol since I was 15 years old. He was the best player to ever play hockey, and he still is. If he's a little upset I didn't come here, it doesn't change my mind about how I feel about him."

On crowd reactions:

"Philly fans boo Sidney Crosby. Did he ever play for them• No. Did he ever do anything bad to them• No. He just plays for Pittsburgh, and he's good. A lot of guys get booed. That's the way it is."

On his decision to sign with the Flyers:

"Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right. Nobody is going to know. Bottom line, I'm here; you guys are over there. I've got to come to the game. Everybody is going to hate me. And I still have to play. All right, guys. Good luck to everybody. See you next time."

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