Its Conn Smythe or Bust for Jagr

3/8/08 in NHL   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

    It looks like Father time has finally caught up with Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr. The guaranteed years of his contract are up after this season, and him hitting the triggers that would make the team option for next year automatic are a long shot. He can guarantee another year at The Garden in two ways. He can either accrue 84 points this season AND lead his team to at least one playoff round victory, or win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Right now he has only 58 points with 14 games to play. That would require him to score 26 points in those final 14. A feat that not to long ago would be a walk in the park for Jagr, but with his current age and play style, him averaging 1.9 points a game over the final games of the season is unrealistic. That leaves him with only one option. The Conn Smythe Trophy.

    For those not in the know, the Conn Smythe Trophy is handed out to the player judged to be most valuable to his team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That means that the Rangers would basically have to win the Stanley Cup for Jagr to have a shot at sticking around, as the Trophy has only been giving to a player of a losing team 5 times with 4 of those players being Goalies. Further hindering his chances is the fact that the trophy has only been awarded to a non-Canadian twice in its history. Jaromir is Czech. Its definitely an uphill battle for the aging right wing, and he will need a miracle to earn the right to put on that number 68 Rangers sweater next season.
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3/8/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

He's had a hell of a career, and seeing him hang it up will be a sad day.  18 years in the NHL, and at 36, he's one of the greatest of all-time, there's no doubt about it.  I hope he's still on the ice next year, but if not, happy trails.  Jagr will be missed.