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10-23-2003, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by txpd
This makes all the sense in the world. There were serious conversations
between the Caps and Rangers on Jagr in the offseason. It has been written a couple of times recently in Washington that Jagr has been upfront about being excited about a potential deal with the Rangers.
On the Rangers side things it was hoped that Kovalev would look more like the point per game plus Kovalev that they traded for than the 13 pts in 24 games Kovalev that they had down the stretch last year. He is playing with the same group of players and the same coach as last year. He has had a full training camp to get settle in this year. So far
he is 2 assists in 5 games. It could very likely be that Sather is judging that there just isn't any chemistry with Kovalev and this group of Rangers. If that is the decision and the Caps have Jagr available, a trade of Jagr for Kovalev makes perfect sense. Getting Jagr would get major media penatration in NY. It would sell tickets. The excitement of getting Kovalev has been spent and so far Kovalev hasn't done anything to keep excitement at a high level. Jagr is in much the same situation in Washington. With Bure not playing and Kovalev not producing getting an energized Jagr would at least provide hope of some explosive offensive output.
On the Capitals side of the issue, Kovalev is a player that the Capitals
can build some excitement around. He is reunited with Robert Lang and might well be a better fit for the Caps than Jagr anyway.
I would not put it beyond possibility that the Caps might not find a way to take both Kovalev and Carter.

Major media penetration!?!!? Is someone going to make this thread a tad more PG? . The Rangers really do not have to worry about selling tickets.

I don't think the deal makes sense as it is. The Rangers would need something more to work out the financial inequities. And it would not be money. It would be a player or players added on each side of the deal.

The only reason the Rangers would make this deal is if they really feel that Kovalev will not work within their system. And they might want to play Jagr with Nedved.

How do you figure that the Caps would get Kovalev and Carter?

Well lets try that:

To WAS: Kovalev, Carter and Malakhov

To NYR: Jagr, Witt, Grier, and a 2nd.

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