Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:15 AM
I don't think Jagr has the luxury of playing for a contender if he doesn't have a good season - if he's playing all the games and sitting at 30 points at the deadline, there's not going to be a ton of interest in him. So while I'm not cynical about his motivations - I think he does like being here and is giving 100% to the team - he can't just pull an Arnott and wait until he gets the call.
Arnott put up 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 30 GP as a Devil, and the Devils managed to get both a relatively young body and a second-round pick out of the Caps. And if there was ever a guy who seemed like he was in "Counting down the days until I'm out of here" mode, it was Arnott.
If Jagr tails off and winds up with 30 points at the deadline, and the Devils are sellers, I think there would be a contender willing to make a move for him...nothing great would be coming the other way (if Jagr was moved under the hypothetical "30 points at the deadline" scenario, and the Devils got a 3rd-rounder for him, I'd be overjoyed), but with his pedigree, kind of hard to think someone wouldn't take a shot at him. Low cost, decent potential reward.
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