Rangers Renewed Interest in Jagr(Sportsnet)
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11-17-2003, 04:22 PM
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I disagree. Yes it is known that Washington wants to move Jagr. Yes he has a large contract (which the Caps are prepared to restructure and eat a huge part of). But reality is reality. Jagr is an elite NHL player. Yes he has slipped. But the just needs a change of scenery. Him going to Washington was bad for him, for the Caps and for the NHL. Moving him to NY is a huge win-win for everyone.
Jagr's value remains high, IMO. That said, Poti, Lundmark and a 2nd for Jagr is not a whole lot. Their value, individually, is not that great but together it should be enough to land Jagr.
Heh, if Kiprusoff can get a 2nd round pick surely Jagr can get more.
If the Rangers think it's too much, it's too much. Sorry but the Rangers really hold all the cards if there is a deal to be made. The Rangers are trading for the player that Jagr is right now, not the player he was or might become again. That player, making 55M is not an attractive player nor a player that is easily moved. The Caps would be lucky to get one of Lundmark, Poti or the second for Jagr (and a first is simply ridiculous).
This a salary dump. Salary dumps don't return fair value based on talent. They return players who are cheaper, more manageable and a tad more than serviceable. And eating part of the contract is not a huge priority of the Rangers really wanted him. (For that matter, they could restructure a contract once JJ got to New York if he really wanted to play in NYC).
To say that the market for Jagr is small would be an understatement. Whether he is an elite player or not (debatable both ways) is irrelevant. With a prohibitive salary, teams just don't get equal value (in terms of talent) for those kinds of player.
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