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10-15-2003, 08:11 PM
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if Jagr returns to Pittsburgh it's on their terms, not the Caps. In other words, it'd have to be a case where Leonsis cannot find anyone else to dump Jagr to, and the latter has totally worn out his welcome. Let's face it, Jagr's an outsider in that organization right now and arguably has always been.

As for the argument not to trade the youth, personally I believe the likes of Sivek, Beech and even Kraft have no future in Pittsburgh. They've received opportunities to make an impact and haven't seized it. Knowing how impatient the Pens have been in the past, chances are those three will need a chance of scenery to fulfill whatever promise they still have. The other players mentioned (Welch, Rozsival, Tarnstrom and a high pick in 2005) are a little more tricky. However, to get a player of Jagr's caliber back playing next to Mario is certainly worth two of those assets, though I would try hard not to trade any future draft picks at this point.

Anyways, it probably won't happen but it would be in the best interests of everyone involved if it did occur: The NHL, the Pens, the Caps, the fans and Jagr himself. Everybody wins.

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