Jagr is 39 and has been playing the last 3 years in Omsk, Russia in the KHL. His goal production his last 3 years in the NHL fell from 54 to 30 to 25.
...i loved Jagr while he was here and he was one of the main reasons for the Rangers post lockout success, but bringing him in would fly in the face of the Rangers rebuilding effort. No way he should be getting ice time ahead of guys like Stepan, MZA or possibly Hagelin next season.
I loved Jagr in his first few seasons in NY, but he got older and his skill could not be relied upon so much. He was a man who relied way to much on his skill and seemed as though he never fully trained to be in shape for the whole season. I know the talent around him dropped, but his skill as well fell as you could see it doing in the KHL. Yet he is still a useful player.
I would have no problem having him if we can sign him for MAX 3 million dollars per year... no more than 2 years. An ideal contract for me would be a 1 year deal @ 2 million... but I feel many teams will want him more and offer him more... So i dont see it happening...
Hell. Yes. Bring him on for the power play and fourth line minutes. I was so jealous when the Caps had Fedorov — remember he scored to win it in OT against the Rangers? Anyone watch how dominant Selanne is?
I think they could fit him in if they let go of Drury, Avery, Wolksi, Prospal...there is room. Adding Jagr won't hurt the young core at all.
But then again this rumor comes up quite often. Oilers, Rangers...
I love this idea...he can still shoot and score and could contribute on the pp from the wing similarly to Kovalev on Pens. He would be a significant upgrade over a guy like fedentenko!
@JamesCarr I'm assuming that Prospal and Avery won't be around next year. EC maybe as well.
@JamesCarr Doesn't play defense tho. Can't imagine Torts would be a fan. It's also more than that. The Rangers are trying to build a perennial winner. Not sure what signing Jagr to a one-year contract achieves.Probably another first round loss while taking away valuable ice time from a young player.
@KevinDeLury Seriously...I swear it gets longer every year!