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Report: Columbus tried to “make a splash” by signing Jagr

Sep 5, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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It might feel strange to see Jaromir Jagr in a Dallas Stars jersey, but what if he was setting off cannons in Columbus?

Aaron Portzline reports that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson extended a one-year, $4.2 million offer to Jagr, who eventually accepted a bit more ($4.5 million) with Dallas.

Portzline points out someone who would have a “heavy hand” in bringing in Jagr: new CBJ adviser Craig Patrick drafted him as the Pittsburgh Penguins GM.

Jagr told Randy Miller that he almost felt like Patrick viewed him as “his kid” back when he asked to be traded from Pittsburgh.

“He drafted me. I felt like I was his kid or something,” Jagr said. “I think it would be tough for him to trade me if I didn’t come to him and say it.”

So there’s a fun “What if?” scenario for you.

The Blue Jackets did draft Jakub Voracek – aka “Jagr Jr.” – so it would have been an odd full circle moment.

Instead, Sergei Fedorov remains arguably the strangest Blue Jacket yet.

  1. martysbetter - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Instead they traded Rick Nash for Brandon Dubinsky’s bowl cut.

    • windmiller4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Jackets got hosed on that deal

  2. illadelphiasphinest - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    And its their own fault. They lost all leverage in a trade by holding onto him for so long. So in return they got garbage from the NYR.

    • east96st - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Correction. They lost all leverage the second they put Scott Howson in charge of making the deal. From that moment on, it was doomed to fail.

  3. east96st - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Dear Mr. McConnell,

    As the owner of the Jackets, if you REALLY want to make a “splash”, improve the team, sell more tickets, stop being the laughingstock of the NHL, and repair your broken relationship with Columbus, FIRE YOUR FRONT OFFICE. Until you do that, anything you do will basically be nothing more than j**king off.

  4. rushledger - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Unless the team getting superstar gets utterly ripped off in the deal the team trading the star is always deemed the loser. NYR is the winner sure but if the guys now in Columbus do what they’ve done before than the jackets did solid.

  5. contraryguy - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Almost certain that Lyle Odelein was the strangest Blue Jacket.

    oh wait, you didn’t say ‘strangest-looking’, did you?

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