Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. In other words, Jagr is back in the Caps division.
As Caps fans need no help remembering, Jagr was an obnoxiously good Penguin until he signed a 7-year contract for 77 million dollars, the biggest contract in NHL history at the time, with the Caps back in 2001. Not living up to expectations doesn’t even begin to explain how poorly that three-year relationship went, as Jagr had no respect for the franchise because D.C. isn’t good enough of a hockey town for him. After getting burned for his Dan Snyder-esque free agency pickup, owner Ted Leonsis ended up paying the New York Rangers to take Jagr off his hands.
Jagr is now officially what Caps fans have thought he is for years, a Devil. He’s already been a Penguin, Ranger, and Flyer. Ugh. Now realignment has the Devils shacking up with the Caps in the Metropolitan division.
To keep track, the Caps now have beef (or maybe it’s just me) with five of their seven divisional siblings.
Carolina is a Southwest division leftover, and there’s that controversial Semin guy on their team.
The beef with the Rangers, Flyers, and Penguins need no explanation.
The roots to an Islanders beef are being established with the Isles seemingly punking the Caps each year, and the Hart race between Tavares and Ovechkin last year.
Now Jaromir Jagr is a Devil.
Columbus is the only team in the division now that doesn’t spike my heart-rate monitor. We’ll see if that changes by the end of next season. I hope it does.
71 days until October.