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Is Jagr A Fit In Edmonton?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some questions from readers and this one is about the Oliers signing Jagr…

I would say the organization is torn right now because they are in a rebuild. Do they really want to spend $4 million on a 38-year-old player who certainly isn’t the offensive threat he used to be?

That said, Jagr looked fine in the Olympics, but for getting clobbered in the open ice and knocked for a loop by Alexander Ovechkin. I did notice his cycling along the boards is a little shorter than it used to be. He runs out of gas a little quicker now, but what player his age doesn’t?

I do believe Jagr would be very good for Hemsky, who says he used to be a left-winger, so could move over if Jagr came on board. What Jagr reportedly wants however, is a package deal. He also wants the Oilers to sign Czech Olympian forward Roman Cervenka, who is an emerging star in the Czech League but on the smallish side and looked like he was over his head at the Olympics.

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redxblack's avatar

It would be interesting if Jagr got an in that allowed him to bring over Czech players to fill the needs. I wonder what Jan Hanzlik would do over in the NHL (or Petr Kafka for that matter). I wonder how Sparta fans would react to Jagr taking Slavia’s best player away. It would be bittersweet.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/20/10 at 12:16 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Cervenka…on the smallish side?

HockeyDB lists him at 5’7” 127 lbs. Gotta hope the weight is a typo or some verrrry old information.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/20/10 at 01:14 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

He’s a machine in the Czech Extraliga. Petr Ton (from the rival team) has a hotter stick, but this little guy is a set-up genius. As long as he keeps his head up, he could play over here.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/20/10 at 01:30 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

and those numbers do sound way out of date. He is closer to 5’ 11” and around 190.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/20/10 at 01:32 PM ET

Primis's avatar

EuroHockey.net lists him at 5’1”, 187lbs.

http://www.eurohockey.net/players/show_player.cgi?serial=66933

Posted by Primis on 04/20/10 at 03:33 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

He’s not too far off of Zetterberg’s size when they picked him up.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/20/10 at 06:39 PM ET

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