My good buddy Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy found this delicious nugget via Ken Campbell of the The Hockey News regarding Jaromir Jagr and his affinity towards Mario Lemieux.
“I was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‘I’d like you to play for our team,’ I would think about it a lot,” Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am…besides my parents.”
Hmmm...Pittsburgh is still on the ever-lasting search for a winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby. Why not bring back one of the games greatest players at the league minimum? Ray Shero, your problems are solved. Jagr was still playing at a high level last season with the New York Rangers and he was arguable their best player in the playoffs. It's worth the gamble.
Of course, Jagr is known to be somewhat of a jokester, so if push came to shove, who knows if he'd balk at such a low offer, since, you know, he wasn't willing to do the same the first time around with the Penguins.
Who cares if he's under contract with Omsk until 2010? If Alexander Radulov can escape Nashville for Russia, why can't Jagr do the opposite? Let's let things get even muckier between the National Hockey League and the KHL, cold war style. And while we're at it, Jagr can even bring back the mullet, like old times.
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