We’re still in the middle of break up day here, but a couple of quick notes:
<li>Jaromir Jagr said he was still undecided about the future, but he did add a new wrinkle in saying that he dislikes change, and that staying with the Rangers is his first choice.
“First I am going to talk to the Rangers,” Jagr said. “That’s No. 1 option for me. I don’t like to change. I feel very comfortable here, with all the people around this organization who are nice to me. They give me a chance to show everybody I still can play hockey. Everybody doubt me when I was playing in Washington for whatever reason. The Rangers gave me a chance and believed in me. All the trainers, everybody around, are so nice to me and so good to me. All I have to do is concentrate on hockey.”
But Jagr, who’s never been a free agent before, also said he was intrigued by the idea of finding out his worth on the open market. Jagr added that he doesn’t have a standing deal in place with his old team in Omsk, but that he will likely talk to them.
<li>Brendan Shanahan is also on the fence, but he said he did think he can still play in the NHL next year, and quite honestly, didn’t sound like he was ready to retire. The Rangers are still his first choice. Shanahan also said the knee injury sustained in January had residual affects for the rest of the season.
<li>Martin Straka said he’s definitely not done playing hockey, but not sure where. He admitted Jagr’s decision will have a significant impact on his own.
<li>Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), Brandon Dubinsky (USA), and Fedor Tyutin (Russia) will all represent their respective countries in the World Championships in Halifax and Quebec. Dubinsky was shipping out today. Lundqvist, who had some soreness in his knees from a hit in Game 4, expects to play for Sweden on Thursday.
<li>Sean Avery will start his internship at Vogue on Monday. Nigel Dawes joked he’s going to Newsweek.