We've all heard the rumours of Jaromir Jagr coming to Edmonton, of course. They've been out there for the last three years. He's thirty-eight years old, he's not quite a point-per-game player in the KHL, and he'd want a lot of money. He'd be a decent player but he wouldn't outperform his contract and by the time the Oilers were ready to compete again he'd have hung the blades by the fire.
Obviously, gassing, say, $4 million of salary to buy Jagr in a rebuilding year is madness. No matter how you get the money, there are better ways to spend it; a lot of Steve Otts and Branko Radivojevics to sign.
Actually, maybe it's not quite so obvious. For you've probably seen Robert Tychkowski's report in the Edmonton Sun that Ales Hemsky is pimping for Jagr to come to Edmonton. He overrates Jagr a fair bit (seventy points, Ales? He had 71 points in his last NHL season, he's older, and he'd be playing for a worse team) but that's not the point.
We've also all worried about Ales, the golden wunderkind, the young star we all want to retire in copper and blue. He's wasting the prime of his career on a last-place team. He's one of the biggest team guys and best human beings in hockey, but he's also human and he's competitive and he probably wants some silverware at some point before he's dead.
So you know what? If signing Jaromir Jagr is what it takes to keep Ales Hemsky happy, I damned well sign Jaromir Jagr.