It was a little strange, seeing the clearly injured Jaromir Jagr sitting on the bench throughout Monday's Winter Classic. But there he was, just riding the pine all day instead of hopping the boards and playing the game with his Philadelphia Flyers teammates.
He played just 7:09 in total, and he didn't take a single shift after about the five minute mark of the second period. What ailed the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer, exactly?
"Last game in Pittsburgh, I got speared in my leg and it was a little bit swelling," Jagr said after the Flyers 3-2 loss in at Citizens Bank Park. Late in the first period, it was getting worse and worse. I wanted to come back. I tried. I just couldn't skate 100 percent. I couldn't help my teammates."
Okay, fine. It happens. But why were you on the bench the whole time if you couldn't play?
"I was hoping maybe a power play, five-on-three or something like that, and I just want to be with my teammates. ... And you never know. Maybe we get a shot at a 5-on-3 and you don't have to skate that much. But I wanted to be with my teammates there."
General manager Paul Holmgren listed Jagr as day-to-day, and the Czech legend says he hopes to be back soon.
For more on this year's Winter Classic, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.