Rumor: Jagr offered $12,000,000 by Dynamo Moscow
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05-22-2008, 10:10 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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This attitude is extremely short-sighted. Remember, if less Euros come over, it means more of those fringe Canadians and Americans in the NHL. More Ryan Hollwegs and Chris Simons. Yippee! Would you rather watch players with the skills of Malkin and Ovechkin, or more Jason Krogs?
London Ranger's dead on when he says the KHL and potential talent drain is an issue that's not going to go away. And the Russian economy (and many of the KHL teams) are built on oil and natural gas money. Is there be a more valuable commodity than energy right now? I wouldn't expect the bottom of the Russian economy, or the new league, to drop out any time soon. They're not stupid. They set a reasonable salary cap for their teams. They've set out a reasonable and achievable plan to build the league slowly.
Which leads us to this "rumor among players" that Jagr has been offered $12m by Dynamo... sounds like wishful thinking on the part of players, and good work on the part of an agent or agents to generate a buzz about the KHL. The KHL has set their rules and salary cap in place for next season, and teams are already signing players in accordance with them. They're not going to change them mid-stream. Moreover, Jagr's desire to return to Russia had nothing to do with money, but with his desire to return to a fanbase and organization that treated him really well in Omsk. I don't see him splitting the comfort of NY and the NHL for an unknown organization and fanbase in Moscow.
damn you, you beat me too it.
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