Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/20/12 at 08:10 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
At this stage of his career, Jagr is looking primarily for two things – a new hockey-playing experience in an organization that would value his contributions, monetarily and otherwise. When Jagr first made noises about coming back to the NHL, it was just assumed that he would rejoin the Penguins, who were happy enough to consider his services, but only at a contract number – $2-million (all currency U.S.) per season – that made sense for them.
Fiscally, the Penguins were tapped out and saw Jagr as a useful supporting piece, but at a price. Jagr figured differently and picked Philadelphia, the Penguins’ arch rival, and signed for what was still a good deal for the Flyers – $3.3-million per season.
Calgary’s interest in Jagr perked up after it engineered a small coup earlier this off-season, signing talented free agent Roman Cervenka, a Czech player, who was Jagr’s centre in Omsk two years ago. When Cervenka picked Calgary ahead of several other teams, he was widely billed as one of the best players outside the NHL.
Often, with players of that pedigree, the challenge of adapting to a new league has less to do with hockey and more with adjusting to the environment – and everything outside the rink.
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