"I talked to Mario (Lemieux, team owner) once on the phone. But I know a lot of people are probably mad about my decision. But I felt like the (Penguins) management didn't really want me. I think the fans (made them make) the offer. That's the way I felt. If I was wrong, I apologize, but that's the way I felt." -- Jaromir Jagr
One of the major facets of the recent realignment talk was sustaining classic rivalries. One of those rivalries will be played out Thursday, when the
The teams are separated by just three points in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Penguins' 36 points putting them at the top of the conference, with the Flyers close behind in fifth.
There will be one major element missing from the game, however. The Penguins will be missing team captain and star center
, who will sit out the next two games following a hard collision with teammate
during Monday's game against the Bruins.