Jaromir Jagr: 'I love everyone on this team.' Will He Return?

Jaromir Jagr: 'I love everyone on this team.' Will He Return?

In a season during which one of the major story lines was the tremendous youth this Flyers team showed, the addition of Jaromir Jagr and the leadership and work ethic he demonstrated on the ice and in the dressing room can't be understated.

Not only is he a legend of the game suiting up for our squad, but his wonderful personality made it seem like he'd been in Philadelphia for years. He's immensely likable. And Jagr was a big contributor throughout the entire 2011-12 season, netting 19 goals along with his 54 points.

He also helped Claude Giroux blossom into a superstar.

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At 40 years old, and after a playoffs in which he didn't look all that fast (though he did score one playoff goal against the Penguins and had seven helpers over the two series), it's only natural to wonder if Jagr will be back for another go around with the orange and black. 

Whether Jagr has the fire to give the NHL another go or not remains to be seen, but he has indicated he'd like to continue playing in the league. No matter what sweater he wears next, he clearly loved this team.

Following Tuesday nights' season-ending loss, Jagr was asked about his future.

"Oh I don’t know, I don’t know what’s gonna happen—it doesn’t really matter what’s gonna happen," Jagr said.

"I have to say, thanks for the support from the fans. I love everyone on this team. That was probably the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had. I’ve won some cups, I’ve won some trophies, but I loved this year. From the organization to the last player on the team, and the fans, they were so nice to me. I hate to finish it right now, that’s the worst feeling. You finish the whole story, the whole year, that’s a sad day, today for me…I wanna cry right now."

Whether those are just the emotional words of someone just stepping off the rollercoaster or genuine sentiments considered many times over the course of a season, we'll never know. But it's clear Jagr is glad he chose Philadelphia. 

While it's difficult to speculate what a legend like Jagr's future holds mere hours after an enjoyable season came to a premature close, what would a sports blog be if we didn't already start looking ahead to next year.

Would you like to see Jaromir Jagr return for another season wearing a Flyers' sweater? At what cost?

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.