Should the Rangers Be In On Jagr?

The future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr has certainly made a name for himself during his career in the NHL. The six foot two winger from the Czech Republic has broken and set records and currently is the oldest player in the National Hockey League. He has played for seven teams, and is currently in talks with being traded from his most current affiliation, the New Jersey Devils.
Jagr has been in the Devils organization for two seasons now and has recorded thirty five goals and ninety six points. Recently, his name has been added to trade talks, because he knows that he Devils no longer need him. Jagr wants to be traded to a contender, to have one last chance to win a cup before he hangs up the skates on his long twenty three year career.

Jagr has been known for his solid work ethic and excellent conditioning, and it still shows to today. Despite being forty three years old, he is still breaking records and producing. Although his production has slowly decreased over the years, he can still be a valuable player to a young contending team. He adds veteran experience and hockey knowledge that is hard to come by.

Rumors had it that the Rangers were interested in his services at one point during the last couple months. Jagr already had a four season stint on Broadway and was their captain. During that time, he played in 277 games and had 124 goals and tallied 319 points. He was a valuable player to the team then, but acquiring him now would almost seem pointless.

His on ice vision and ability to find the puck and find scoring chances are something you can not teach, but the team has found great chemistry during the last couple months and adding someone to the team of Jagr’s caliber may help their chances in the playoffs (he has over 200 playoff games experience), it would affect the chemistry instantly.

With all four lines clicking and Jesper Fast coming back from injury, the only requirement the Rangers have is a center. Gaining Jagr would be a waste of cap space for Glen Sather who can easily use that money to gain an invaluable center to pay off big dividends in the playoffs.

Jagr will be moved for a Stanley Cup contender, but the Rangers should go no where near trade talks for him.


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