If you’re a hockey fan and on Twitter, you likely saw this:
Jaromir Jagr enjoyed Phildadelphia, but plans on testing free agency. Also plans to change training to shed some lbs and get faster.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 18, 2012
(Age + trying to get faster = same speed as last year, which would be perfectly acceptable. He’s still got value.)
After last summer I can’t help but wonder: is there any chance he’s bluffing to get more money out of the Flyers, they way he used Pittsburgh to drive up his salary last year? Uprooting your life every season sucks, and do we really think he wants to give up his spot on a line with Claude Giroux on a good team?
Maybe Jagr and his agent recognized there’s not a lot of great options in free agency this year, and think they can cash in?
If it’s not a negotiating ploy, there must be something behind the scenes he isn’t happy about (media scrutiny? Laviolette? Who knows). I just can’t see him thinking ”Meh, let’s just kick around the continent again this summer, Calgary sounds nice in the winter” without there being more to it.