Before I sit down to write, a couple of things:
<li>As I mentioned earlier, Glen Sather made it clear that while there has been a fair amount of back-and-forth between the two sides, the ball is in Jaromir Jagr’s court. “He knows we would like to have him back. I’ve said that 100 times. Where that stands tomorrow or the next day, that’s something he can decide,” Sather said.
Curiously, Sather mentioned that Jagr is waiting to see what happens with Marian Hossa, which would lend credence to the idea that Jagr does have at least a feeler from Pittsburgh should Hossa go elsewhere. But that’s just speculation.
<li>On Avery, Sather also said he’d like to have the wing back, and said he was surprised that Avery’s agent never called him back. “I told him at the outset of things will happen fast, so make your mind up,” Sather said.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Sather is coming in much lower than Avery is looking for.
<li>On the subject of Redden’s disappointing 2007-08 season, both the defenseman and Sather mentioned a need for a fresh start. “It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think when you get the ball rolling down the hill, the snowball effect kept mounting and mounting,” Redden said. “We had a very talented team but it felt like we weren’t working in the right ways.”
<li>As I mentioned earlier, Stephen Valiquette was also re-signed. No word yet on terms.