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01-18-2004, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Habsolution
Less than 3 years ago :

Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations.

That was back when Jagr was coming off his 5th Art Ross and 4th in a row. That was before he signed that incredibly insane and stupid 11M/year for 3000 years contract. That was back when he was 28 and in his prime.

Pray tell me why would a team give more than this crap the Caps offered now that Jagr hasn't been able to be anywhere close to the player he was 3 years ago ? Now that he's been labelled as a cancer and as a player who's not interested in playing hockey anymore. Especially considering the upcoming CBA and talks of a salary cap.

Don't you think the caps would like nothing more than to get rid of him ?
Let's not forget that Washington threw in a lot of money Pittsburgh's way along with Beech, Sivek and Lupaschuk. Everyone knows Pittsburgh has money issues so if a team is willing to throw money their way while taking away the contract of one of their high priced players they'd move him for next to nothing. Another few examples of this are

To NY Rangers:
Alexei Kovalev
Dan Lacouture
Janne Laukanen
Mike Wilson

To Pittsburgh:
Mikael Samuelsson
Rico Fata
Joel Bouchard
Richard Litner

Surely Kovalev alone could have fetched a better package than that but the Rangers were willing to pick up Kovalev's contract along with the other 3 guys plus throwing in money thus this gave the penguins organiztion some extra money while saving money by not having to pay the rest of those players contracts.

Another one

To LA Kings
Martin Straka

To Pittsburgh
Sergei Anshahov
Martin Strbak

Again money was the root of this deal not the talent coming back, LA was willing to take the remainder of Straka's contact and give them to cheap prospects in return, thus saving the Penguins money.

So my point is, it doesn't matter what the Penguins got for Jagr because they weren't looking for top notch NHL talent in return because it would have cost them money. They just wanted prospects because prospects were cheap. But let's not forget the Kris Beech was considered a high profile prospect as well and Sivek was also considered one it's just neither has panned out as planned. Washington isn't in the same boat as Pittsburgh is, Ted Leonis is one rich fellow, money is not a problem with him so if he's gonna trade Jagr he's either going to want good NHL talent in return and/or legimate prospects to help rebuild his club, especially if he's willing to eat up half of Jagr's contract.

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