Some people try to do good deeds and tell the whole world about them. Others just do the good deeds without waiving a flag and pleas for Twitter followers. Here’s a story for you about one of the most humble people - Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and how his good deed possibly went further than he thought it would himself. About 10 years or so ago there was a young boy who lived in the Russian city of Kazan. His name was Alexander. Even though he was about eight at the time, he excelled in hockey. Unfortunately, there were problems with hockey equipment, or lack thereof. So some friends asked Pavel Datsyuk to help. And he did, sending some professional hockey sticks and skates to the boy Datsyuk had never even met. Right now that boy, who also happens to be a former first round draft pick, is a star forward for the Winnipeg Jets. His name is Alexander Burmistrov. Who knew this was going to happen? (Thanks to my friend Pavel Lysenkov for sharing)
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN tweeted just before noon Tuesday that the Detroit Red Wings have offered the most money to free agent Jaromir Jagr, making Detroit a frontrunner for the Czech winger.
Money obviously isn’t everything, but it is clearly playing a part in Jagr’s decision-making. The fact the Wings are already offering the most, coupled with the Jagr’s expressed interest in playing for Detroit, make it seem like this marriage will be a lock shortly. While the terms of the proposed deal are not known, you have to imagine it couldn’t be much more than the one Mike Modano got last year ($1.25 million).
The Red Wings franchise has to be hoping Jagr would be able to add more to the team than Modano did last year. Jagr was a dangerous scorer in his prime with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but nothing guarantees he still will be. The former Penguin, Washington Capital and New York Ranger is 39 and will turn 40 halfway through next season. His age alone, plus the wear and tear of more than 1,000 career games played, has to be a cause for concern.
Jagr is no longer the 100 point-per-year player he was in the 90s, but if he could recapture just a fraction of what he accomplished during his second stint with the Rangers, the Wings would have to be happy. He would fit nicely on the second or third line and could be a huge boon for a Detroit offense than had trouble producing in the second round of the playoffs last year.
The last three years of Jagr’s career have been spent in the KHL playing for Omsk Avangard, which is certainly different than the NHL. Despite the league being far less superior than the NHL, he still showed some promise with more than 50 points in two of the three seasons. Nothing says those numbers will translate back to the NHL — they certainly did not for Jiri Hudler, who also had a stint in the KHL — but no one will know if they will until he plays in the league again.
If the Red Wings dedicate a lot of money to him, then signing Jagr could be a risky proposition. At the same time though, if they sign him and make a serious Stanley Cup run, then it would be worth it. Sure, he is almost 40, but if there is one thing we know about the Detroit Red Wings, it is that they can handle older players and revive their careers with surgical precision.
The free agent to-be has told an old Tampa source that he has no real interest in playing in Toronto, if he, in fact, becomes a free agent come July. Richards' first choice is to remain in Dallas, assuming the team gets sold and can afford to sign him. His second and third choice, not necessarily in order, would be returning to Tampa (which doesn't seem possible economically) or playing for his old coach, John Tortorella, with the New York Rangers. He has also hinted about having some interest regarding playing in Carolina.
When asked about Toronto, he apparently said nothing but shook his head.
I think NYR, TB , LA and probably Carolina.
Maybe Kenny will work his 'Hossa' Magic on Richards. I will laugh it that happens, and end up wining the cup.
With the Dallas Stars' ownership situation not likely to be settled until later this summer, the team will not be making a contract offer to Brad Richards.
Richards, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will be playing elsewhere next season.
The Stars would be interested in trading exclusive negotiating rights with Richards before July 1, but such a move would require Richards to waive his no movement clause and there are no guarantees of that happening.
Richards, 31, scored 28 goals and 77 points in 72 games last season and has 220 goals and 716 points in 772 career games with the Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Stars are also interviewing candidates to replace former head coach Marc Crawford, who was fired in April after Dallas missed the playoffs.
Top candidates include former Star Kirk Muller, along with Nashville Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek and Texas Stars (AHL) head coach Glen Gulutzan.
Muller is currently in Dallas to be interviewed for the position.