In a rumour that just won’t go away Jaromir Jagr remains a possibility for the Rangers as his agent Petr Svoboda has ‘offered’ him to five clubs – including the Rangers. Even more odd than the veteran winger being linked to the Rangers is the fact he is being linked to another ex club; the Washington Capitals. Jagr’s exit from Washington to New York may be one of the bitterest departures from a club in league history so to see him linked to the Caps is amusing.
With several sources including TSN reporting the rumours, there seems to be some legitimacy to it all ,however Jagr back to New York simply doesn’t make much sense. Yes the Rangers need scoring and yes, personally I would like to see one of my hockey idols return as he has proved in the KHL (and more recently the World Championship) that he still has a lot of game. However the Czech legend is 39, was never known for his speed and has a huge ego – all reasons why he doesn’t fit on this Rangers club, a club trying to be known for speed and collective effort.
Could he make a (positive) difference to the Rangers? Perhaps. He adds a lot skill; would help the power play and would take some pressure off of Gaborik and should the Rangers really manage to get Brad Richards, Jagr on the second line would give the Rangers real offensive depth. At this stage it is unclear what Jagr would expect to return to the NHL but the rumours of other involved parties such as the Montreal Canadiens (who could really do with Jagr’s size) seem to be much more realistic than a surprise return to Broadway. When will these NY rumours end? The day he actually signs somewhere else, so get used to hearing about them.