Like to see more discussion about Jagr. I still believe he has the goods to be a big piece of the puzzle here. I think his offensive side is somewhat hampered by his teamates, but disagree that's a reason to hang on to the puck as long as he has been. When 2 guys get on him, he needs to depend more on the cycle. Jagr is great at drawing players to him, but that only works if he gets rid of the puck. He's still incredibly skilled at maintaining possesion, but nobody can hold off half a team by themselves.
I can see the logic in playing Jagr with highly skilled defensive players "somewhat", but it seems to kind of work against the whole logic of having a player like him.
I'm not sure what the answer is, but I can honestly say Jagr has more than I thought he did, when we got him. So, the emphasis I believe, is on management to put him in a position to excell, as opposed to the cureent position of compliance. Is moving him into a position on one of the 2 top lines reasonable? Can he function highly on either side? Seems to be a huge downside to that scenario...or is there?
I didn't see this at the deadline, but this guy still has area's in which he can dominate. His weaknesses so far, should be really easy to remedy. Having said that...I know many players of his pedigree are tough to coach.
Would seem to me that putting Jagr on a line with Soderberg and Dauvigins(spell?) could ignite some serious offensive potential, but also pretty much gurantee defensive disaster.
What to do? Am I mistaking his potential here?
I'd be interested to read more comments on how to best utilize this guy.