I sort of didn’t realize it, but Jaromir Jagr, who looked so freaking sharp in that first game of the season against the Islanders, is having a rough time of it.
He has no points in the last four games. He’s arguing with coach Bruce Cassidy. He even broke up with his girlfriend, a former Miss Slovakia. He’s not living with his family any more, either.
All reports basically say that Jagr is just really depressed.
It’s no secret the Caps have been trying to trade him. The question is, is Jagr, who by all accounts wants out of Washington, shooting himself in the foot by not being a monster on the ice? Will anyone want what’s perceived as damaged (and expensive) goods?
The fact of the matter is, no matter where Jagr goes, he’ll be playing limited ice time (just about everyone tries to roll four lines) in a defensive system. Even in Detroit. Even in New York.
Me? I think Jagr should terminate his contract with Washington, which I’m sure they’d do in a second. Then he should play in Pittsburgh for the league minimum. I really can’t imagine anything making him happier (not that I know him or anything).