Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/27/11 at 11:18 AM ET
from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,
Jagr offers an intangible no other potential acquisition does: He may be 39, but still thinks like a superstar, sees the game like a superstar.
Too many passes made by Crosby and Malkin slide harmlessly past teammates of lesser mentality. Too many opportunities go wasted because of mismatched hockey sense. Jagr thinks hockey like Crosby and Malkin.
Crosby is a free agent in 2013, Malkin in 2014. Are those two willing to be indefinitely flanked by sub-par wingers?
The ineptitude of the Penguins’ power play contributed mightily to their first-round playoff loss to Tampa Bay. Neither Crosby nor Malkin is particularly gifted on the man-advantage, so their absences mattered little in that regard. The Penguins’ PP lacks (and has, for three seasons) confidence, creativity and structure.
Jagr brings all three. He can operate with equal efficiency on either half-wall. Jagr would help the power play like none of the other options could.
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