Jaromir Jagr is one of those guys who is always good for a story, mostly because you never know what to expect from him. After starting his career successfully in Pittsburgh and going to New York where the Rangers sought to become a perennial powerhouse. That didn’t quite happen until after he left. Where did he go? The Czech star went to Russia for a spell to play in the KHL.
All of those moves were, well, understandable. He went after money after he was met with success in Pittsburgh, and that led him to New York and Russia. When he came back, the market was much more wide open as his price tag wasn’t as high. The thought was that his return to the NHL would also be a return to the Penguins, with the team that gave him his professional start and his Stanley Cup. Quite the contrary, as he went to the Penguins most hated rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.
This brought us to the 2012 offseason. The thought was that Jagr would want to end up in Canada, likely in Montreal. Instead, he decided that he would be going to Dallas. It’s his first time playing in the Western Conference, which means more travel than he is used to. Not only that, he is off to Dallas, a team that, as recently as two years ago, was trying for a youth movement.
It’s a curious move from a player that has made a few others in his past.