Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Since he was traded on July 11, 2001, Pittsburgh Penguins fans have had a love/hate relationship with Jaromir Jagr. Half of them despise him for the infamous "dying alive" quote and the way he left town (though Jagr claimed in 2008 he was trying to help the then-financially-strapped organization). The other half remember his dazzling goal in Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the four 100-point seasons, the Hart Trophy in 1999, and being the only NHL player other than Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to win the Art Ross Trophy between 1981 and 1997. That's what makes Jagr's return tonight to Pittsburgh all the more polarizing. A portion of the fans that disowned him after he was traded to the Washington Capitals saw that hate subside a little over the years, and were even warming to the idea of a Jagr return this season. But when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers (the Flyers of all teams!), it was like 2001 all over again. The hate had returned...
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