First, the decision to let Jagr walk (which I don’t necessarily disagree with) was made in part to leave to door (and wallet) open for guys like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Unfortunately, Parise and Suter will be having towel fights in Minnesota, the Predators matched the Flyers’ ballsy offer to Weber… and Jagr went to Dallas. That leaves the Flyers with, um… Ruslan Fedotenko, his oddly shaped head, and a whole lot more of Jakub Voracek.
"I really liked it in Philadelphia, I wanted to stay there. But the Flyers started hunting for the big players on the market — Zach Parise, Ryan Suter. They needed some money under the cap and they said 'Wait a little, Jaromir…' And I didn't want to wait. This is when Dallas came through."
Don’t think Jags is worth $4.5 million at this point, which is what the Stars are paying him, but do think he’s significantly better Fedotenko. Maybe the Flyers should have had a better plan B.
Anyway, Jagr has no hard feelings. In fact, he loved it here:
"I have never seen a team like the Flyers. Everyone keeps together. Players understand the coach immediately. The year was such that there was nothing to complain about. We played some wonderful hockey. Just remember the series against Pittsburgh in the first round."
Must be the jam.