That was the e-mail I got from Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Pat Brisson, late last night. Not exactly a surprise, but it does confirm that No. 68 might drag this out for a few more days.
Dellapina, meanwhile, has “more from the Big Fella himself”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/07/02/2008-07-02_avery_leaves_rangers_jagr_in_limbo-1.html, with Jagr sounding stung by the Rangers seeming indifference to re-signing him. And despite Glen Sather’s proclamations to the contrary about wanting Jagr back, it certainly sounds like the teams wants him back only at a certain price.
Which is fine. My issue through much of this has not been that the Rangers absolutely should re-sign Jagr—although personally I love covering him and I think they’re a better team with him—but that they just have some semblance of a plan moving forward.
And maybe “this is it”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080703/SPORTS01/807030446/-1/SPORTS, with the acquisition of Nikolai Zherdev allowing them to get younger and faster, and allowing Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, and Henrik Lundqvist to assume an even more prominent role.
Throw in a few more defenseman and maybe one seasoned wing, and that’s not a bad hockey team. But if the Rangers end up losing Jagr, Sean Avery, and Brendan Shanahan, I have a hard time believing they will ever be as colorful.