First off, it's surprising that Larry (I know all rumors) Brooks was
asleep at the wheel, thinking that the Avs were all going to be
available today for the Rangers checkbook. Sakic taking less money
for an extra year was the tradeoff for a contract which shockingly is
less than ten million. And Blake's signing was tied into Sakic
staying. Roy got an extra year also as did Sakic.
Hasek, now is also off the board, going to the Wings, who are a
Ranger-like team that does make the playoffs.
What it does do is leave Sather dealing with Craig Patrick, who is
going to have some serious competition for Jagr from an owner that
spent 250 mil on A-Rod and is moving into a new building that has
been to two finals in the last three years. On top of that you can
bet Mario does not want to deal with Jagr in his division unless they
feel they got the better of the deal. Anyone think that the Teemu
Selanne deal did not work out in San Jose would not mind wheeling him
for Jagr, but money for Pittsburgh is a factor.
Why do I think if Los Angeles wanted to send Ziggy east, the Pens
would do this deal in a heartbeat ?
Craig Patrick, has time to wait and watch Sather sweat or go after
Lindros and have Ranger fans sweating everday. You can bet Martin
Lapointe is watching closely also and may just decide the Wings are
looking a lot better today.