Jagr Contacts Wings; Drapes, Ozzie Likely Done
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.