AUGUST 2, 2003.
CAPS STUCK WITH JAGR AND LANG.
WASHINGTON POST: Jason La Canfora reports the Capitals have been
unsuccessful in their attempts to dump the contracts of Jaromir Jagr
and Robert Lang, due to the changing economic climate in the NHL.
With most teams either maintaining or dumping payroll with an eye
toward the end of the current CBA, Caps GM George McPhee has been
unable to find any takers for Jagr's $11 million per season or Lang's
$5 mil per season deals. The Red Wings had expressed interest in
Lang, but opted for free agent forward Ray Whitney.
OILERS TO MOVE SMYTH?
TSN.CA: reports Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe may have to decide if
forward Ryan Smyth is worth retaining should Smyth get a raise over
$5 million per season from Friday's salary arbitration. Lowe stated
it was "all hypothetical", but hinted he might move Smyth regardless
of his arbitration award.