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05-12-2011, 08:33 AM
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Sather knew the teams after the lockout were basically completely centered around Jagr, but that Jagr was aging and that window was closing, if not already closed.

The Rangers chose to "rebuild" away from a Jagr centered team, which is a pretty big reason they didn't re-sign him IMO. Yes, a huge part of that was him being over 35 and the Rangers not wanting to commit to a longer contract (which was smart) but a bigger part was seeing that it was foolish to continue trying to build around a guy on the downswing of his career at an "old" age for hockey, even if that guy was a superstar at one point.

The direction the Rangers chose to go with their FA signings ended up being pretty crappy but I don't fault the logic behind not re-signing Jagr. That window was closing fast, the backbone of those teams were players who were aging fast, standing pat wasn't a great idea.

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