when was his last game in the khl? does he have to sit out a season or just a years worth of game for him to be eligible to come back to nj without any other teams objecting? Would love to have him back for the playoff push this year.
My take is that he quit on the nhl over the lockout, not the devils specifically. And with the olympics around the corner,just looked like the grass was greener. After the CBA, with the recapture, Lou said if you are gona go, go now before the contract kills our cap, but wait for Lou's timing to help the team out. I know Lou said he didn't know, but if you believe what Lou tells the press you haven't been a fan of this team for long. Have you ever heard Lou say he doesn't want a free agent back? Do you think he wants every free agent back? He just doesn't bad mouth his players.
I still think we get Jagr if he stayed. Probably not Ryder or Clowe and Brunner.
As someone mentioned earlier in this thread, I just got the feeling that he was never coached on how to play the game. You saw improvements each year, but you aren't gonna put up gaudy numbers if you play both sides of the puck. Will he ever be pandolfo in his defense? No, but he was getting to the point were you were cringing when he went on the ice for a pk(ok, maybe you were, I wasn't).
Other than neids (not rob ha) skating, he was the most gifted player we've had (Molgilny had some magic as well I will admit). You just can't teach a player to create something out of nothing which I've see him do.
This team didn't need much to be in the playoffs. It did need scoring (and a bit of consistency, beat some good teams, lose to some bad teams drives ya nuts), I think if he could get on the same page as Jagr, the not as horrible of a pp as it seemed at times could be the difference.
Besides, if Claude can come back after telling Lou that signing a fax isn't a real, anyone can come back. Maybe with the exception of Danton who put a hit out on Lou, but if he could have helped the team, Lout would think about it.
I only posted here cause the thread was revived and wanted to get my 2 cents in and I don't think I have on this subject.