As I noted today (although my story is curiously not online this morning) and John Dellapina “elaborated on”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/03/28/2008-03-28_jaromir_jagr_may_be_russian_to_leave.html, Jaromir Jagr reversed course from yesterday’s morning skate and said he would at least hear out representatives from Omsk about a return there next season.
The timing is curious, to put it mildly. On one hand, Jagr says it’s not the right time to be discussing such matters with the Rangers in the middle of a stretch drive. But he also plans to do just that when Omsk GM Anatoly Bardin comes to New York next week—with another purpose of the trip to talk to the Rangers about a transfer fee for Alexei Cherepanov.
Either way, it’s looking more and more like Jagr’s tenure in New York will end after this season. The only way I see that changing is if the Rangers make a spirited playoff run and the captain proves himself to be indispensable in helping the team get over the hump. Otherwise, we might have to savor his various idiosyncrasies while we still can.
Meanwhile, in other news: