After some speculation that Montreal would be a potential fit, Jaromir Jagr will end up plying is trade in Dallas in 2012-13. Yesterday, the Czech forward signed a one-year, 4.5$ million deal with the Stars.
Although it would have been intriguing to watch the future Hall of Famer ride shotgun with Tomas Plekanec, I don't truly believe his presence would aid the long-term growth of the squad.
Nor do I understand how Joe Nieuwendyk feels he fits in Dallas. Honestly, between signing aging forwards (Ray Whitney and Jagr) and losing blueliners (Sheldon Souray and Adam Pardy), it is hard to see the master plan in Big D.
Speaking of free agents, many people seem to be getting rather antsy for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to sort out their contracts. After all, their continued indecision is holding up the market and boring many in media.
To this impatience, many have answered that they are allowed to take their time, after all they are both making significant decisions about the next ten years of their lives.
But why do they have to make a decision for the next decade? Are they somehow dispossessed of the ability to sign shorter term contracts? Could they not sign a one, two or three year contract instead?
In the end, at least part of their stress is self-inflicted.
Alright, enough ranting, off to the news
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La Presse - Mathieu Darche n'a reçu aucune offre
SportsNet - Habs GM on Gomez: 'I'm not buying him out'
ESPN - Aging Jaromir Jagr can still shine in Dallas
ESPN - Hockey world waits on Parise, Suter
ESPN - Who will win Derek Roy-for-Steve Ott swap?
La Presse - Joueurs autonomes: les bons et moins bons coups
Sports Illustrated - Stars and Sabres seeking identity
The Hockey News - Never-ending Nash talks continue
TSN - Numbers Game: Stars sign Jaromir Jagr
TSN - Report: Suter offered 13-year, $90 million deal by Red Wings
TSN - Salvador re-signs with Devils on three-year, $9.5M deal
TSN - Ralph: Jets are a better team with signing of Jokinen
TSN - Rangers sign Pyatt to two-year, $3.1 million contract