The Dump and Chase – 06/30/2011

Where in the world is Jaromir Jagr?

If someone were to slice up a Jagr/Carmen Sandiego mash-up and slip it into the HOTH inbox, we’d probably be very happy, and you’d be instantly famous.

“Where in the world is Jaromir Jagr?” would indeed make for an effective educational game, the same game that those pinning for a bit of Penguins nostalgia have been playing since last night. Although we’re sure he’s safe and sound somewhere and just lost track of time in an airport washroom while grooming himself, the whereabouts of Jagr remain a mystery.

Penguins management and fans alike were waiting for a decision on the team’s contract offer Wednesday during what was to be the final day a #Jagrwatch, but instead they were stood-up on that date with yesteryear.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

At least part of the problem in getting Jagr’s immediate future clarified Wednesday might have been travel-related. His flight from Prague in the Czech Republic to JFK airport in New York arrived late, and it was not immediately clear where he connected to after arriving in the United States.

Assuming he got on another aircraft at all.

Judging by the trending topics in Pittsburgh over the last few days, the fate of the city rests on Jagr’s decision.

Behold the Jagr tracker

Their uncontrollable giddiness over getting No. 68 back in the black-and-gold led ThePensBlog to harness the Internet’s powers and track Jagr’s flight that he may or may have been on.

And so it continues…

Parise pipe dreaming

Beyond the entertainment of #Jagrwatch, the Interwebs also came through with the typical bogus rumour mongering that’s expected in the days before free agency. A Vancouver radio station reportedly floated Cory Schneider, Cody Hodgson, and Mikael Samuelsson going to New Jersey for Zach Parise and a conditional pick in 2012.

The legs of this rumour weren’t very tall, probably because Parise is going to arbitration with New Jersey and can’t sign any offer sheet. But whatever rumblings existed were still strong enough to be shot down by Bobby Mac.

Pain is thy name, Rangers fans

On the day of Chris Drury’s buyout, Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky reminded us of much happier and optimistic times on Broadway for Rangers fans. If you don’t enjoy starting your work day by reflexively curling up into the fetal position, don’t read this ESPN Magazine story from 2007 just prior to Drury’s debut in Gotham alongside Scott Gomez.

Poile’s Dale Tallon impression goes into phase two

Nashville GM David Poile was at ease with his possible bumbling of qualifying offers to key players yesterday. Now he’s probably gone past the first stages of denial, and is somewhere between confused and angry.

The NHLPA officially filed a grievance against the Predators. As Josh Cooper of the Tennessean notes, if an arbitrator rules against Nashville then Sergei Kostitsyn, Cal O’Reilly, Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk, Chris Mueller, Andreas Thuresson and Linus Klasen will become unrestricted free agents.

Wisniewski isn’t even on the team yet, but still embraces Columbus

Teaching Jeff Carter a thing or two about community relations and the business of hockey, soon-to-be former Habs defenceman James Wisniewski was more than eager to begin negotiations with the Blue jackets after his rights were traded yesterday.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch spoke to Wisniewski’s agent Bill Zito, who said he scheduled a meeting with Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson for 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

“I called James and his response was ‘Let’s go. We’re going,’” Zito said. “His level of enthusiasm for (Columbus) was pretty high.

“I grabbed a shirt and shoes and flew to Detroit (from Chicago) to meet him last night. Then we flew together to Columbus and got here around midnight. So here we are. I look forward to meeting with the guys and seeing what they’re thinking.”