2) Evidently JJ does not like the direction the team seems to be moving. Specifically away from their European dominated roster of the recent past and more towards a North American dominated roster. One may recall how well Jagr performed the first year after the lockout when the team had a very heavily Euro-laden team with JJ as its center piece. Those were very happy days for the former cap/Penguin. However things began to change last season with the addition of Shanahan, and then escalated with the bringing in of Avery, then over the summer the additions of American free agents Scott Gomez and Chris Drury
3) With the slow start things have been especially magnified in NY, and as team captain eyes will be focused even more on Jagr. As we mentioned in a post last year he was made team captain more to placate him than for his leadership qualities. As fans of the penguins and Caps can attest, when Jagr isn't content and happy he pouts and plays at 1/2 speed. Is this the case now? Well, some ranger fans we talked with say he hasn't looked the same since his near MVP year 2 years ago. He did have a decent year last year pairing up with Nylander, especially on the PP, but so far this year he hasn't taken to playing with either of the 2 big free agent centers.
4) So what are the options?
- Allow the players like Jagr additional time to develop their chemistry. These guys have proven track records of being able to score in this league. It'll come with time
- Make a deal. Trading Jagr is a huge long shot. For one, the Rangers have a big discount on him.(The caps still pay almost 1/2 his 8 mil/year salary) He's signed to a (player option) additonal year after this. Most GM's would be wary of acquiring him anyway. Seeing how that backfired on the Capitals 5 years ago. Jagr didn't want to play in DC and it showed. Its also unlikely that the rangers would get equivalent value back for him, leaving a hole on their already starving offense.
5) With the Blueshits already up against the cap a move of any significance is unlikely. If the current trend continues the easier move to make would be one to change coaches. Hoping that would ignite the team back to where most, including us at FAUXRUMORS believe they should/can be. Someone who can unite the factions in the locker room and have them play as a team. If he doesn't already, perhaps Glen Sather should put Pat Burns' phone number on speed dial! He may be needed sooner rather than later.