So Kovalchuk had more 'raw talent' than Wayne Gretzky? Or Mario Lemieux? If that's what you think, I'll take the high road and say that we'll just have to agree to disagree...
Jagr objectively was not a better player than Kovalchuk during his time here. Jagr was old, slow, was ineffective at pretty much every every way except possession, board play, and play making. He couldn't play defense, and was constantly taking dumb penalties because he refused to move his feet. He drove be crazy.
To be fair, he was a smart player, and put points up. He was a fan favorite and an incredible presence in the locker room. Kovalchuk, whatever you think of him, was in terms of raw talent probably the best of all time. Only Ovechkin is even in the same conversation. I'm not defending him or wishing his return, but Jagr was not better than he was.
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