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Potential trade target: Jaromir Jagr

Photo Credit: Ken Goldfield/NY Daily News

Photo Credit: Ken Goldfield/NY Daily News

Oh boy I’ve been waiting to write this post. The news that Martin Brodeur has waived his no-trade clause likely means that the Devils are in “sell” mode, and that winger Jaromir Jagr –on a one-year deal worth $2 million– could be moved. Jagr’s history with the Rangers is very well noted, as he and Henrik Lundqvist brought the Rangers back into relevance in the NHL post-lockout.

Jagr is far and away the Devils’ top scorer this season with 19 goals and 52 points. The 42-year-old right winger has shown no signs of slowing down this season, and could likely provide some much-needed scoring to a team in need of adding a punch at the deadline. The best part about Jagr is that he likely comes cheaper than the bigger names (he’s a pure rental), and his salary can easily fit under the cap.

For the Rangers, Jagr would fit in on the wing as a more consistent scoring option than most of their top-nine wingers at this point. He would also be a short-term stop-gap should the Rangers trade Ryan Callahan. At the moment he could slide into J.T. Miller’s spot in the lineup, but only if management feels the kid is best served getting big minutes in the AHL.

Jagr’s peripherals are pretty good as well. He boasts a 57.3% CF (5.3% CF relative) against top competition (29.6% ToTm QoC) with 55.7% of his shifts starting in the offensive zone. He’s not going to be a three-zone guy –his defensive zone play still leaves a lot to be desired– but he is still a viable option in the offensive zone.

Jagr would come considerably cheaper than the bigger names on the market (Moulson, Vanek, Cammalleri), but he comes with the age risk. He wasn’t that effective with the Bruins during their playoff run last season, and that may be fresh in many people’s minds. As a depth scorer, Jagr is a decent option for a club that needs offensive help.

23 Responses to “Potential trade target: Jaromir Jagr”

  1. Bayman says:

    Would Jersey be interested in helping the Blueshirts? With his low salary, I’m sure there would be interest among many teams.

    • Dave says:

      The Rangers dealt with the Flyers during their fire sale in 2004. Unlikely, but not impossible for them to work out a trade.

      • Chris A says:

        Would love it, but I can’t see it happening.

        If Jags had a NTC and could control his landing spot, then maybe, but I imagine Lou is willing to take less for Jagr if it means keeping him away from a rival.

  2. Tim B says:

    I would love to see Jagr traded to NY. If Cally leaves then i would love to see Jagr be name captain for the rest of the season. They need a replacement for Cally next season. No offence but no forward prospects in the AHL are going to make the roster in a top 6 role. Free agency sucks after this season. Maybe they could work out a 1 year deal this offseason and play 2nd line RW next year. I wouldn’t mind seeing that at all. It would be a good marketing decision and who wouldnt want to see captain Jagr in a rangers uniform next season. Then hopefully after next season they will have someone to replace Jagr on that 2nd line wing.

    • Chris F says:

      Give the captaincy to a mercenary? Brilliant.

    • Christian says:

      Considering that leadership is established in the locker room even beyond Cally, there’s no chance a 2-month player will be named captain, no matter who he is. If anyone gets named captain for two months, it’s Richards but if I’m the Rangers, the next captain will be a long-term one. (McD?)

      As far as the AHL roster, Danny Kristo definitely has top-6 talent.

  3. Zen says:

    I love the idea, but the Devs are only 3 points out of a wildcard spot. I can’t see them moving him.

  4. craig says:

    We sure could have used Chris Stewart and his physical presence last night against Boston. Sorry Sather let this one get away. Soon as Boston began to be physical, the game turned around. Still a Ranger weakness. They can be intimidated at times

    • Chris A says:

      Why can’t you look at it from another perspective?

      Maybe the Rangers shouldn’t indulge Boston and just ignore them when they start their crap and just continue to outskate Boston.

      The reason the Rangers dominated the first 16 minutes of that game was their speed was forcing Boston to make turnovers. Once the Rangers decided to play Boston’s game and try to be chippy the game was out of hand. Boston is not very good when you refuse to play their game. Their individual Ds are weak and their forwards lack creativity.

      • Chris F says:

        And they take stupid penalties when they can’t keep up with the speed of the game and you don’t stoop to their goading ways.

        • Chris A says:

          That’s what was happening. The two penalties Boston took in the first half of the game were due to Boston being unable to handle the Rangers speed.

          If Callahan managed to pot one of those PP chances in front it would have been a very different game last night.

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        Exactly. The Rangers can’t match Boston’s physicality. One player does not change that. You see how the Rangers can beat the Bruins by how they played in the first.

        They also had a ton of breakdowns, which has to be cleaned up also.

  5. Chris F says:

    What does “cheap” entail? A pick? Pick and prospect?

    What do you think Lou would accept –from the Rangers– to ship out Jags?

  6. SalMerc says:

    Send them Boyle straight up for Jagr.

  7. paulronty says:

    Everybody talks about a youth movement & then Jagr comes up. No thanks, my headset is to look for Fast, Lindberg, Kristo, JT, The Duke & Diesel to come up & add to the team speed.

    • Chris A says:

      Jagr would only be for this spring. None of those kids, even Miller, would contribute to the Rangers as much or more than Jagr right now.

      • paulronty says:

        Getting Jagr is not going to get us anywhere even right now. He’ll get worn down in the playoffs and will cost us a good prospect or draft pick. If he was that important he would have been signed in the off season. Nyet to Jagr.

  8. Bloomer says:

    Jaromir Jagr sure if the price was right, but prying him out of New Jersey would be costly. I can’t see the arch rivals Devils doing the Rangers any favours.
    The news of Callahan lowering his contract demands, I believe will not be enough to bridge the gap. It will however, improve his trade value. I see the Ranger captain going to Los Angeles or Minnesota at the trade deadline.

  9. Tiki Tim says:

    Jaromir is persona non grata to the Rangers. They, and many Rangers fans, treated him with no respect as they booted him out the door. Not a chance the Rangers are smart enough to bring him back.

  10. Gary says:

    This team is all about constant motion now. Buzzing, swarming when they are on the system. Bring in Jagr? I can’t believe all the positive responses. Just watch how quickly this thing gets a flat tire when he is out there in the middle of the offense.

  11. leetch says:

    Devils are in sell mode when they are only 4 points out of a playoff spot and because they may look to move their atrocious backup goaltender? Not really sure that adds up but ok.