Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Jagr Must Play in NHL. Bruins Make Offers

Yesterday I posted that Ranger winger Jaromir Jagr told the papers he was torn between staying in Russia and returning to the NHL. It looks like he will not have any choice in the matter.

However, under the terms of the transfer agreement between the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation that governs the movement of players, Jagr simply cannot play for any pro team other than the Rangers for the duration of his contract, which runs through the 2007-08 season.

Now us Ranger fans need to hope that Jagr does not get cranky because he has to return to New York.

In other news, the Bruins made offers today to Thornton, Gonchar, Samsonov, Axelsson and Lapointe. Thornton was offered a five year deal. Now, I believe Joe is a first line center on any team in the league and the Bruins need him back. But despite his just turning 26, I think a team locking themselves into a five year deal right off the bat with this new CBA is foolish. Having said that, Thornton through his prime will help the club tremendously.

Furthur Reading: Player Pages for Thornton, Gonchar, Samsonov, Axelsson, Lapointe, and Jagr

Update (10:52PM) - TSN is reporting that the offer for Joe Thornton is "around" $25 million for five years. Thornton is not happy with the offer, though I don't think it's that bad. $5 million is a lot of money, it allows the Bruins to get other good players, and very few players can and should command $6+ million. If Joe went to the Rangers next year, they would probably pay him that kind of money.