I have been immersed in all things golf lately, although my thoughts are never too far from frozen water.
And today we have Dellapina to thank for some updates from Glen Sather on both Jaromir Jagr and Sean Avery (his newspaper story “here”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/06/03/2008-06-03_untitled__r3s.html, and his blog entry “here”:http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2008/06/greeting-from-the-nhl-gm-meeti.html).
The basic gist: Sather wants to re-sign both, but not if it means tying the team’s hands when it comes to the salary cap. With Jagr there is also the issue of a competing deal from his former Russian Super League team in Omsk.
My feeling about Jagr is that unless the money is off the charts in Russia, I don’t think he’s ready to say goodbye to the NHL. That’s based both on how he played at the end of last year, but also what he said.
As for Avery, I’m with many of you who think he’s a valuable asset the Rangers shouldn’t let go into free agency. That said, there’s a limit: I don’t think Avery is a $4 million player, and I have serious reservations about giving him four years when both his personality and durability remain question marks for the long-term.