Jim Kelley, writing for ESPN:
“…the Washington Capitals, a team he never really wanted to play for in a city he never wanted to play in. Just stepping foot onto Madison Square Garden ice is likely to adjust the attitude of one of the greatest offensive players the game has ever known…..Jagr comes with baggage, not the least of which is an attitude that tends to sour when things don’t go his way.”
What, you mean $11M wasn’t enough to adjust his attitude? Is that why he got into gambling and tax trouble? At one point the local spin was that is constant scowl and lethargic play was because his girlfriend broke up with him. Remember, kids, don’t try this at home. These men are professionals.
George McPhee, interviewed on local TV about the trade:
“[Jagr] was an interesting experiment in chemistry that didn’t work out.”