If he was hell bent on staying with the Rangers he would have instructed his agent to negotiate with Sather prior to July 1st, but they didn't.
Well, the way the Rangers org. screwed up by handing out huge contracts to Drury and Gomez pretty much laid the way for what was to come. Truth is, the Rangers should have been the Hell Bent ones on keeping Jagr. To see them let him walk, and then pay Rozsival 5 mil per was infuriating. Not to mention Redden. Consider that with Redden's atrocious contract plus Brashear's, would have been enough to retain Jagr, and would have made it difficult to throw money at Redden the next offseason. Yeah, i know that redden and brash may not be the best example, but switch that to Naslund/Somebody and you get the point...Bottom line is :there is no comparison ! Jagr and Jokinen are light years apart.
So I guess the Rangers Fans Are 50/50 on this one.....????
With Jags its a similar story, except I think he was a bit of a better player. Plus the age...
"a bit of a better player" ?! lol . Are you kidding? To say that Jagr is abit better than Jokinen would infer they are in a similar class, which is ludicrous. Jagr was a top 10 all time NHLér in my book, and Jokinen is pretty much a floating poo in comparison.