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02-18-2011, 05:59 PM
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phillyfury
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
His last year in the NHL he put up 25-46-71 on a mediocre Rangers team. The previous two years he'd put up 123 and 96 pts. He wasn't remotely close to "washed up." He went to the KHL because there was better money for him there, and the Rangers were going a different direction (if the Rangers had wanted him, he would have stayed).
It's not as simple as that. Jagr was tired of the grind of NHL hockey, the travelling, the hitting, etcetera. He's also talked about the style of play in Russia, and how he finds it more enjoying to play. There are other reasons he has mentioned, in particular his Slavic Orthodox faith of all things. Omsk went after Jagr hard and he's never regretted the move.... On the hockey side, never heard or read him saying anything about the level of play being inferior in the KHL.....

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