The Jaromir Jagr Atlantic Divison Tour is coming to Philadelphia. He’s 39, and has spent 3 seasons in an inferior league. But does that make this a bad signing?
Well, he’s never really been injured. When people thought he was over the hill with the Rangers he had a resurgence. He was fast, but that wasn’t his biggest weapon. He’s just been incredbily shifty, had some of the most amazing hands we’ve ever seen, and used his big body to shield the puck until he decided if he was going to score of get an assist. People are going to be upset because this might put a damper on signing Leino. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he’s going to have more points than Ville, wherever he signs.
Now the most interesting part of all of this is Jagr’s relationship with the Penguins. They had high hopes of bringing him in, fixing their strained relationship, and being in charge of his farewell tour. Put him on a line with Crosby or Malkin, and either one of them almost instantly wins the Art Ross and maybe the Hart Trophy. They would have story lines of the past helping the present achieve a new level of greatness. Now all of that has gone to shit. If the black and yellow fanbase hated him before, they’re going to have a new level of rage for him. I cannot wait until the first time he plants Crosby into the boards.
And if he turns out to be a bust, at least it’s only a one year contract. And if this whole seasons blows up, we can expect Paul Holmgren to get canned for all the risks he took over the past week.
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