Despite Hat Trick I Say No to Jagr

jagrJaromir Jagr’s domination of Team USA during the Czech Republic’s 4-0 win in a World Championship of Hockey quarterfinal match today was a nice little trip down memory lane for Rangers fans. It gave us time to celebrate a player that helped bring the Blueshirts back to respectability.

But let’s be honest folks, Jagr is 39 years old, and while he may look great during a two week tournament, I’ve got to question how his body would hold up during an 82 game NHL schedule. His goal total in the KHL has dropped every year (25 to 22 to 19) and if you remember in his final year with the Rangers (three years ago) he scored just 25 goals. I think the Rangers have enough 20 goal scorers, don’t you.

I hate to break it to everyone, but the Rangers are still 2-3 years from being a legitimate Cup contender, with Brad Richards or without him. They have a young roster that needs to mature and taking precious ice time away from players such as Stepan, AA, MZA and possibly Hagelin and Grachev to get Jagr some reps on the power play flies in the face of the commitment to youth Tortorella has been preaching.

The goal here is to win a Stanley Cup. Not make the playoffs. And what does a one-year contract for Jagr do for that goal? Not much. I would rather put more responsibility on the Rangers young core and see if they have what it takes to take this franchise to the next level.

I’m also pretty convinced Torts wouldn’t be too excited about seeing Jagr taking shifts off. Does anyone really think Jagr will be blocking shots ala Ryan Callahan? Although if he stuck that huge rear end out he could probably block a shot from anywhere on the ice.

I really don’t want to be a downer and having Jagr on the Rangers would be great for nostalgia, but so was bringing Mark Messier back from Vancouver and how did that work out for the Blueshirts.

Would love to hear everyone elses thoughts on this.

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Despite Hat Trick I Say No to Jagr

jagrJaromir Jagr’s domination of Team USA during the Czech Republic’s 4-0 win in a World Championship of Hockey quarterfinal match today was a nice little trip down memory lane for Rangers fans. It gave us time to celebrate a player that helped bring the Blueshirts back to respectability.

But let’s be honest folks, Jagr is 39 years old, and while he may look great during a two week tournament, I’ve got to question how his body would hold up during an 82 game NHL schedule. His goal total in the KHL has dropped every year (25 to 22 to 19) and if you remember in his final year with the Rangers (three years ago) he scored just 25 goals. I think the Rangers have enough 20 goal scorers, don’t you.

I hate to break it to everyone, but the Rangers are still 2-3 years from being a legitimate Cup contender, with Brad Richards or without him. They have a young roster that needs to mature and taking precious ice time away from players such as Stepan, AA, MZA and possibly Hagelin and Grachev to get Jagr some reps on the power play flies in the face of the commitment to youth Tortorella has been preaching.

The goal here is to win a Stanley Cup. Not make the playoffs. And what does a one-year contract for Jagr do for that goal? Not much. I would rather put more responsibility on the Rangers young core and see if they have what it takes to take this franchise to the next level.

I’m also pretty convinced Torts wouldn’t be too excited about seeing Jagr taking shifts off. Does anyone really think Jagr will be blocking shots ala Ryan Callahan? Although if he stuck that huge rear end out he could probably block a shot from anywhere on the ice.

I really don’t want to be a downer and having Jagr on the Rangers would be great for nostalgia, but so was bringing Mark Messier back from Vancouver and how did that work out for the Blueshirts.

Would love to hear everyone elses thoughts on this.

Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

Kevin

About Kevin

If you have any questions e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

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