Yeah, the Caps were pretty much already the worst team in the league when they dealt Jagr. Despite having one of the leading scorers (Lang), the top scoring defenseman (Gonchar), and Jagr still chipping in at a point per game.
They would have been shooting for the lottery pick regardless.
And the Rangers trading Jagr for picks isn't gonna happen.
One, because they think they can make the playoffs this year, and if the team keeps playing like this, they will.
Two, Jagr is a tough player to trade at this point. He's widely commented that he loves it in NY, and there's nowhere else he wants to be. If I'm not mistaken, he publicaly said that he doesn't want to play for another franchise in his NHL career. I think that'll make a lot of teams leary when it comes to trading for him. If he doesn't want to move and is forced in a trade, how well is he going to play?
One thing to also keep in mind, if Jagr is traded the caps are off the hook for the portion they are paying. Thus the acquiring team foots the whole bill.
Can anyone actually confirm this with something other than a Brooks or another news paper guy's article? Like is their a press release from either team stating this?
I was under the impression that this was just speculation the entire time.
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