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09-30-2011, 01:41 PM
Vito Andolini
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
I know it's fun to make Sather look like the bad guy, but he's absolutely right in this respect... Jagr and his Agent know how the business works... They knew this was time sensitive... If Jagr was serious about rejoining the Rangers that year, they would have put forth an earnest and honest effort to hammer out a deal before July 1st UFA frenzy, because the Rangers absolutely needed to know what his intentions were..... If Sather had no intention to re-sign Jagr, why would he state they were waiting for a call from his agent???? Do you honestly believe that Sather thought Markus Naslund was a better option than Jaromir Jagr? If Jagr was so intent on remaining in the NHL, why didn't he sign with another NHL team that summer? Why did he spend 3 seasons in the KHL if his intentions were to stay in the NHL?
Let's take a step back for a moment. Jagr was the captain. Jagr was unquestionably the best player on the team. Jagr was making $8.4M per season going into UFA. Why is he supposed to reach out to Sather to work out a deal. He's a UFA afterall. If Sather wants him, he knows where to reach him.

Now let's also look at the circustances of the time. Sather blew 14.5M of his cap on two inferior players in the previous offseason. The Rangers had a huge need for an offensive dman that needed to be filled so money was going to spent there also. Now tell me, where was the money going to come from to sign Jagr? Naslunds $4M was not going to cover it. Jagr was the best player on the team. He deserved to be paid like it and he knew it.

Sather made his bed the previous off season. Jagr was never really in the plans for 08 and beyond.

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