Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/03/12 at 10:59 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Philadelphia outbid all the other suitors for Jagr’s services this time last year, and make no mistake about it. It was about money then, just as it is now. Jagr took $3.3-million last year from the Flyers, bypassing what he considered low-ball offers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings, who wanted him too, but at their own prices.
The Stars showed him the money and so off he goes, to play on a team that also includes Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson, players who in a poll of their NHL peers last season were voted the two most underrated in the league. With that talented but underappreciated pair, plus the three new faces up front, and 35-goal man Michael Ryder, the Stars should be able to improve on an offence that ranked 22 out of 30 teams last season – and might be more fun to watch too.
Jagr produced 54 regular-season points for the Flyers last season, good for third on the team, and he remained a dynamic force on the power play, able to back off defenders with his long reach and playmaking skill. Just how much he has left in the tank is anybody’s guess, but the Stars are now officially one of the NHL’s most interesting chemistry experiments.
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