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About Those Jagr Rumors...
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As Jaromir Jagr took apart the US during this morning’s IHF World Championship game, rumors circulated about a potential NHL return for No. 68.  The latest whispers are that the Penguins reached out to Jagr to participate in an alumni golf tournament, and somehow thatturned into a rumor that Jagr was considering joining Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with the Penguins next season.  If Jagr does decide to return to North America Pittsburgh is certainly a logical location, but there’s been no indication he’s leaning towards an NHL return.

For all those of you wishing that Jagr would return to the Rangers, don’t hold your breath. New York has made an obvious commitment to its youngsters, and bringing Jagr back would be a pretty blatant clash of philosophies.  Don’t get me wrong, if Jagr was willing to sign a one-year deal he could still be very helpful for the Blueshirts.  I just don’t think Rangers’ brass would ever seriously consider it.

Jagr showed during the World Championships and the Winter Olympics last year that he’s still more than capable of playing against NHL level competition.  But it also must be noted that he always gives his all during international tournaments when he represents the CzechRepublic, but that wasn’t always the case with the Rangers in the grueling NHL.  At his age and with so many miles on his legs, playing a full 82 game schedule might be a lot to ask. 

At 39-years-old, Jagr has undoubtedly lost a step.  The bigger international ice surface and less physical game are surely helping him prolong his career.  Jagr knows this, and if he truly intends to keep playing for the foreseeable future, the safe money is on him staying overseas. 

If Jagr does return to the NHL, he could certainly be productive in a supporting role and on the power play, but he’s not the player he was.  Of course, if he does end up joining Crosby in Pittsburgh, maybe he’ll pot 40 goals next year.  Just don’t expect to see him in blue.

- With the United States eliminated, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh have played the last games of a loooonnggg season.  Particularly Stepan and McDonagh, who played deep into last year during Wisconsin’s run in the Frozen Four, then played in Traverse City, training camp, preseason, the regular season, a playoff round, and now the World Championships.  That’s a lot to ask from a couple of rookies so here’s hoping they take some significant time to rest up and heal in the coming weeks and months.

- It’s not a sure thing yet, but it certainly sounds like the Islanders aren’t going anywhere. The Isles revealed a proposal for a new arena deal that would ensure they’ll stay on Long Island long-term.  It’s always fun to speculate on bringing an NHL franchise back to Winnipegor Quebec, but I’m glad it’s not going to be the Islanders moving.  The Rangers/Islanders rivalry is always enjoyable and has plenty of history.  I’m glad it’s here to stay, especially with both teams currently on the upswing. 

 

Season Review:

Breaking Down The Defense >

Breaking Down The Goalies >

Breaking Down The Offense >

Breaking Down The Prospects >

How Three Free Agent Signings In 2007 Have Shaped The Eastern Conference >

Spotlight On Glen Sather >

Spotlight On John Tortorella >

 

Player Reviews:

Spotlight On Mats Zuccarello >

Spotlight On Brian Boyle >

Spotlight On Matt Gilroy >

Spotlight On Ruslan Fedotenko >

Spotlight On Brandon Prust >

 

Possible First Round Pick:

Zack Phillips >

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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