When the salary cap became a reality, the initial fear was young National Hockey Leaguers would run to Europe.
But Jaromir Jagr, who was due to be the highest-paid NHLer last season at $11 million US before losing 24% of that in the rollback and another $500,000 that exceeded the individual cap, could lead the charge. The New York Rangers' top gun could end up back with the Avangard Omsk team in Russia.
The club -- which is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who also owns English soccer club Chelsea -- shelled out millions for Jagr to play half a season in 2004-05. The Rangers were either going to keep Jagr or buy him out.
"It's complicated," Jagr told the Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes. "I want to hear the opinions of both clubs. It should be solved within three weeks."
Jagr insisted money was not going to influence his decision.
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There were reports out of Russia that Jagr had returned to his lockout team, Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League, for workouts and the suggestion was made that he might just remain there. However, he's under contract with the Rangers and an NHL contract, at least this season, trumps anything around the world.
he should be back... it would be too complicated for him to get out. Negotiating a transfer fee would be extremely complicated. He'll probably stay especially since the rangers because I doubt the Rangers will sell if they truly meant it when they said (according to rodents website) that they want to build around him and make him captain.
Agree and then to see him with the C on him would be worse.
You are way off base here.
Rodent didn't say "There is no question Jager would be Captain". Try reading this excerpt from today's column regarding the statements from Jager camp:
Here are the salient points:
I understand that my only chance to play with Omsk is if my lawyers determine that (under international law) my contract with New York is invalid because it is now different than when I originally signed.
I do like playing in New York. Nowhere else in America have I liked it so much. There is nothing [in Omsk] that I would be missing in Manhattan.
I feel sure that I will never sign another NHL contract. I will return to Omsk sooner or later.
The reason why Omsk is that I can return home [to Kladno] whenever there's a break. This I cannot do in North America. For instance, if I played with Avangard, I could return home for Christmas to be with family and friends. The schedule is much longer in the NHL, too. So even if I made less money, I would prefer to play in the RSL. The quality of life is worth it.
There were no questions about Jagr wearing the "C".