But Jagr also had questions.
"Why?" Jagr said. "He should start playing. What was it like a month ago, two months ago? How did he do? He did pretty good, didn't he?”
Not to mention, with Brodeur's retirement, Jagr's age in the NHL is emphasized -- he was already older than Brodeur by two months, but according to Jagr that "doesn't really count." Jagr and Brodeur, who were the last two active players from the 1990 draft class, have each built up impressive stat sheets, though they were only teammates for one season in 2013-14, and Jagr mainly found himself facing the four-time Vezina Trophy winner.
“That's the toughest position to be in hockey, to be the goaltender,” Jagr said. “There's only one goalie that can play. It's not like the forwards where you can have 12 of them. A goalie, there's only one. There's so many new goalies coming in the league. It was kind of incredible to adjust to the game and stay in that game for such a long time. I don't think anybody can do it again or beat it in any sport. Maybe (Peyton) Manning if he keeps playing because quarterback is kind of the same position like goalies.”
While Jagr is still working out the difference between quarterbacks and goalies, he does know that Brodeur possessed a unique style of playing between the pipes that put him at the top of the game.
“He had all the combination together,” Jagr said. “There's a lot of guys who can stop the puck or are quick, but what makes him special is he could move the puck. He could be a third defenseman. With the style he played, with (how) he could handle the puck, he never got into trouble. So, he helped himself that way. So, the other team doesn't spend that much time in the (offensive) zone or you have to play differently. You couldn't dump it in. You have to try to carry it in and the other team makes a turnover. Because once you dump it in, he took the puck and shot it down the other side. That's what made him special, really special.
“He kind of saved 50 percent of his job. Some goalies have to face 40 shots. He faced only 20 shots because of this."