NY Post/Larry Brooks Rumor: Rangers Near Deal For Jagr
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11-28-2003, 04:51 AM
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Check the Caps history and McPhee's manner of making trades. How will the deal go down if it does? I think Johannson deal gives a clue. It will be similar to what the Caps gave to Pittsburgh. Very unlikely to include other players. The Caps want young and cheap. I think they have decided to blow it up and start over. If so, they will look to deal Jagr, Lang, Gonchar, and Kolzig. They are NOT looking to deal: Sutherby, Ouellet, Gordon, Fussey, Eminger, Zubrus, and probably Grier. So, if the Rags want Jagr, they are going to have to risk some salary. They also need to ante up some prospects. To pander to idiots who think Leonsis will pay $20 million is stupid. Better to just eat his contract ourselves and not take trash. Leonsis may not be a great hockey man, but he knows business.
If a deal is to be made, Jagr gains value at the trade deadline. You can basically lop off another year of his contract at that time. The Caps will wait until someone antes up.
The Caps will get nowhere near what they gave Pittsburgh. In fact they would be lucky to get one good young player. And I don't think they will.
Jagr is not the same player and is not in the same situation that he was when the Caps acquired him:
- He was coming off a season where he scored 121 points. Since then, he has not topped 79.
- There were other teams looking to acquire Jagr when he was traded to the Caps.
- He did not have the ridiculous contract (both $$$ and years) that the Caps signed him to when the Caps acquired him.
- The CBA expiring was still "far away" when the Caps acquired him.
- He was 29 when the Caps acquired him.
- He has not played a full season since the Caps acquired him.
- He is very unhappy in Washington.
- Its during the regular season.
The Rangers would not and do not have to add good young talent in any Jagr deal. That don't really have enough IMO anyway. Again, I have said it over and over about this "trade", the biggest asset the Caps will get in the financial flexibility of having Jagr's salary off their books. If they get another serviceable player like Anson Carter or Darius Kasparaits or Dale Purinton or Dan Lacouture they would make out quite well.
To think that the Caps are going to get any real talent (let alone young, cheap talent which seems to be worth it's weight in gold with the uncertain future of a of new CBA looming)
not eat any salary is completely unrealistic.
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