I’d be happy to tell you that Glen Sather sat down with a handful of New York writers and announced Jaromir Jagr won’t be going anywhere. Instead, the GM’s “most expansive comments of the season on his team were to Jim Matheson in the Edmonton Journal”:http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=91178e80-0591-4bfe-bce1-beadaa11ba1f&k=99813&p=1.
“Trade Jagr? Nobody’s called me on him. Why would I want to do that?” Sather said.
“Jagr is still the best player on our team. He’s got two guys all over him most nights and he still draws lots of attention. I absolutely want him back next year.”
This isn’t a new dynamic of Sather saying little to the New York press, although it seems to have gotten worse over time. Truth is, I’ve been covering this team for two seasons and I could count on one hand the number of meaningful exchanges I’ve had with the Rangers GM. That could easily be a reflection of my inexperience on the beat, but it’s more a reflection of Sather, who hasn’t been saying much to my direct competition, either.
But that’s not the important part, or at least not to you. More important is that Sather has said that not only won’t Jagr be traded by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline, but that he even wants to re-sign him at season’s end. At what cost is another question. But I’m sure the Edmonton Journal will have the answer to that fairly soon.