For Jagr, All-Star Game is young man's showcase

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 2:59 PM

NASHVILLE -- Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr believes the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game is a place for players younger than himself.

Jagr, 43, leads the Panthers with eight goals and 18 points in 22 games and is among the top vote-getters in early balloting for the game. But he said Thursday that other players should be considered in his place.

"That's what I write [on Twitter]. That's what I feel; 3-on-3 is too much for me," Jagr said after the morning skate in preparation for a game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

On Wednesday, Jagr tweeted: "Fans - I appreciate your votes for All-Star game, but 3 on 3 would kill me and I don't want to die yet :) Thank you for understanding. Too old :)"

For the first time, the 2016 All-Star Game will be a 3-on-3, winner-take-all, division-based tournament. Each of the League's four divisions will be represented by an 11-player roster: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. Each game will be 20 minutes. The Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division will play in one semifinal, and the Central Division and Pacific Division will play in the other. The winners will play in the championship game.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be Jan. 31 (4 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports) at Bridgestone Arena.

The top vote-getting player from each division will be named the captain of his team. The other 40 players will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.

While Jagr does not want to be part of the 3-on-3 format for the All-Star Game, he has been a big fan of the change to the tie-breaking procedure instituted this year. The NHL switched from a 4-on-4 overtime period followed by a shootout if the score remains tied to a 3-on-3 format before the shootout.

"It's good for the NHL, that's for sure," Jagr said. "You get a lot of scoring chances and that's what the fans wanted to see. I don't think they necessarily wanted to see the goals, but they want to see the chances to be able to score and that's what you get in 3-on-3. It's changed a little bit in the first few games because guys learn a lot. They learn that the possession of the puck is more important than making hope plays. But still a lot of scoring chances out there."

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