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08-12-2013, 12:24 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
Originally Posted by
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Then why acquire and hold onto Jagr?
Why did the Thrashers keep Kovalchuk when the team was absolutely awful? Or going back further, why did the Senators keep Yashin for as long as they did? You still need to have someone who will bring people into the arena, even if you're rebuilding.
Also, I'm not sure Sather liked the optics of acquiring Jagr after so much drama and then trading him so quickly afterwards. I don't think Sather really planned on 05-06 going so well either. Guys like Straka and Rucinsky were brought in specifically to make Jagr more comfortable through what we all thought would be a very bumpy ride.
The Czech chemistry, plus Nylander, and the emergence of Lundqvist changed all of that. I also really think there's a pretty direct correlation between the overachievement of that season and the Gomez and Drury signings.
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