Jagr Contacts Wings; Drapes, Ozzie Likely Done

Jaromir Jagr is interesting in playing for Detroit this season.

It was announced today that the agent of Jaromir Jagr (Peter Svoboda) contacted the Detroit Red Wings and four other teams; the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington and Montreal.

While some are shooting down the rumours of Jagr going anywhere in the NHL because he bought a a 70% stake in the KHL club Kladno, it certainly is intriguing to imagine him wearing 68 in red.

If he was to come to Detroit, he would have to take only one million for one year. The Wings are still smarting from the Mike Modano experiment, so if Jagr wants over 2 million, you can forget about it. The upside is obviously greater with Jagr, who had a good year in Russia.

My only concern is that he will end up like Jiri Hudler, who seems to have lost his game in Europe.

I would also like Detroit to forget the old guys and get some projects, some guys who can skate miles and have some character. I would love Scottie Upshall as a Wing, seeing he was a pain is the butt as a Predator.

In other news, it seems that Detroit won't be offering Kris Draper and Chris Osgood contracts for next season. This comes as good news to me. Clearly the Wings know they need a change and they can't hold on to them forever. They don't owe the players anything. If they can't make the team, move along. Also, seeing Jan Mursak and Cory Emmerton have no more time left in the AHL, roster spots are tight. Joey MacDonald will also not be back because he wants a one way contract, but this is contradictory seeing Osgood is done. Therefore I assume one of these reports is false.

Now all we need is Jonathan Ericsson to sign somewhere else and the fun begins. In the draft, I expect the Wings to look at Swedish defenceman Jonas Brodin and forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Tomas Jurco, Brandon Saad and Matt Puempel (if he drops that far). If not, a sandpaper guy like Ty Briggs will do just fine.

Kyle Busch


Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

One problem, if Saad is on the board I bet the Penguins will pick him up. He is a Western Pa native and has been around the organization alot before the draft.

Jagr might be a good fit for the wings though. He brings size, skill, and experience.

Considering Shero has said he will not be bringing back Jagr, I think the wings might be his only choice. They have the cap space compared to other teams on the list.

George Prax's picture

I think Jagr is a good fit for most teams frankly. He'll be more humble this go around and he'll play for cheap so long as he gets decent ice time and some guarantees and performance bonuses. I really want him as a Hab but I don't think Gauthier has the balls to bring him in.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

It's news to me that PIT doesn't want him, but I trust you Chuck! If it's over 2 million I say no deal, if he wants to play in Detroit it has to be at the right price. As for Saad, I think Detroit might get a look at him if PIT decides to go elsewhere. If I'm not mistaken, he was rated a little higher at the halfway point by the CSS, so it would be a good pick by DET.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

Ray Shero said he didn't have interest in Jagr, but then again never said it wasn't ever going to happen.
Detroit is a contender, Jagr already has a ridiculous amount of money so he might take 2million to play.

There are a few guys out there that Pittsburgh is looking at draft wise. If Saad makes it to 23 I think the pens could take him. But then their are three or four others that are highly talked about who have a more offensive upside and not the true power winger aspect.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

That's what's good about this draft Chuck. There's a lot of guys that can go anywhere, so I expect a lot of moving around.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

I think the best part of this draft is there really is no solid number 1. So even the first pick could be a shocker.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

If I was Edmonton I'm going with Nugent-Hopkins. It takes so long for a defenceman to develop, and you never know if he's going to turn out like an Eric Johnson. They should probably trade some of their forwards for defence.