On July 4th the Genaral Manager of HK Avangard Anatoli Bardin has concluded a contract with a 2+1 scheme with one of the best forwards of the NHL Jaromir Jagr.
"I'm disappointed that I'm not going to be in New York, but I've always believed in my life that things happen for a reason, and that's how I look at this," Jagr told The Post last night. "Coming to the Rangers was great for me, and I owe Glen thanks for making the trade with Washington [on Jan. 23, 2004] to bring me here.
"I can't say I regret anything that happened here. We didn't win the Stanley Cup, but there's a lot of luck that goes into that, too, even if you have a great team. Well, I guess I regret that I didn't get 84 points this season. If that had happened, I'd still be here."
"With the contracts for Scotty, Dru and Hank [Henrik Lundqvist], and then signing [Wade] Redden, they have almost $30M in four players, so there wasn't enough for me after that," Jagr said. "The Rangers wanted to get better on defense and they spent a lot of money on Redden.
"That's OK. That's what they thought would make them a better team. If I did a better job with Scotty or Dru, it might be different."
"People think that it's better to have a lot of choices, but sometimes having one choice is best because you can't make the wrong one," Jagr said. "I don't know what I'm going to do now, but I'll make that choice when it's time.
"I want to thank Glen and Tom and the Rangers. I want to thank all the people who supported me. Being in New York was special.
"And I also want to say to the people like Mike Milbury who made their living by criticizing me all the time, that they can kiss my [butt]."
PenguinHockeyFanatic wrote:I'm sure morale is sky high for Scuds and Sydor as management scrambled to dump them for a locker room poison.
manicmonday18 wrote:PenguinHockeyFanatic wrote:I'm sure morale is sky high for Scuds and Sydor as management scrambled to dump them for a locker room poison.
doubt it. they can add just like we can. too many defensemen vs. assured 40 goals....hmm. I'm sure one of them is still going to get dumped...maybe in return for a low draft pick. I'd take being traded for a Hall of Fame cancer over a 3rd round pick anyday....
'Guins Win! wrote:I don't quite believe the OMSK information.
I don't think that this is the end of the story yet.
I have read the NYR article in the past so that article
isn't really actually linked to the current news.
We'll see what happens.
TIOPS has nothing on this at all yet (and I think his info has
been pretty good the last couple of days) and there
is always information posted confirming that someone
has signed. There is nothing since around midnight
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