Jagr goes in for a shot on Semyon Varlamov. Spoiler alert: it didn't go in. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Acquiring Jaromir Jagr would turn Colorado into major contenders


The Colorado Avalanche of 2013-2014 can be summed up as follows: the greatest goalie of all-time at the helm as head coach, a top-10 goaltender, three great two-way defensemen, and four forwards on pace for 60 points. So why are they still looking for help? In a previous article, I mentioned the prospect of taking Winnipeg’s burly defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.  In another trade, the Avalanche acquired Washington’s Michael Neuvirth, the goaltender who has been recently phased out of the nation’s capital, and Martin Erat. Some questioned whether the Avalanche needed a forward at all. However, Yahoo Sports has mentioned Colorado’s need for a player like Jaromir Jagr.

But why Jagr? First, coming from a full-time New Jersey Devils fan, I can confirm that the statistics do not lie: Jagr is the team’s offense; when he slumps, the team is in crisis. He and Matt Duchene both have 48 points, good for first on their respective clubs. Also stunning is that Jagr’s +21 this season is fourteenth in the league and the only players above him come from only four teams, juggernauts like Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Boston, and Chicago. Clearly, Jagr is able to supplement his offensive skill with a strong game in his own end. Even at the ripe age of 41, Jagr still produces like a star. Most importantly, though, he provides a veteran locker-room presence that Colorado severely lacks.

So why would he be available? First, the Devils have been flirting with mediocrity over the last month and are now in 7th in the metropolitan division. Although they are only three points out of a playoff spot, it remains to be seen how far they can go in the playoffs when they are only scoring one or two goals each game. Secondly (and most tellingly), Jagr is displeased with coach Peter DeBoer because of his decision to separate the Czech superstar with two-way center Travis Zajac. For those not following New Jersey (and I don’t blame you), Zajac and Jagr have both been very hot as of late, both averaging more than a point per game in the past few weeks.

How could you break up these two buddies? Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Now what would it take for a deal like this to get off the ground? In my opinion, the Devils will search for a pretty penny in exchange for Jagr. In fact, I will go so far as to say that just trading Stastny for Jagr will not cut it. Jagr’s light salary will allow the Devils to bait him as a player that will give teams a bang for their buck, and New Jersey will be searching for long-term contributors, not just rentals, at the deadline. Here is my proposed trade:

Colorado Avalanche send Paul Stastny, Jamie McGinn to New Jersey Devils for Jaromir Jagr, 4th round pick

With Jagr, Colorado would have that veteran presence with great hands and a commanding voice in the locker room. Also important, Jagr’s lack of speed is incredibly noticeable in New Jersey’s slow forward corps. The Devils would take this because they are desperately searching for a winger. In addition, Stastny’s father, Peter, was a Devils mainstay in the 1990s.

So what do you think Avs fans? Do you want to see Jagr come to Denver in exchange for Paul Stastny? Leave me a comment with your thoughts and as always, thanks for reading!

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  • tigervixxxen

    I’m sorry but this is terrible for Colorado. We are not in a position to sell assets for rentals. 2 months of Jagr would do nothing for this team. He’s a great player, that’s not the point. The point is where the Avs are in their franchise and they are not going on a Cup run this season. Second, you are vastly underestimating the value of Stastny, and McGinn for that matter, to this franchise. They are not scraps, they are major parts of the team. And third, what the Avs need the most above all else is defense. They need a top 4 defensemen to solidify their back end in the future when they will be able to contend. Using any assets in a trade and not addressing this need is asinine. Just becuase New Jersey sees the writing on the wall doesn’t mean the Avs get to be the ones to get fleeced.

    • Luke Palmisano

      Yeah this is a pretty bad idea.

      • Will Agathis

        Agree to disagree? What’s your basis? I don’t think it is the best thing Colorado can do at this junction, but it is a good option nonetheless.

        • Joe Manzanares

          They are winning just the way they are. If they can shore u the defense without hurting the team, great. If not… no trade should be made. Keep playing the way they are.

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  • Garret Iwata

    The Avs aren’t ready to win a cup and who knows how many more years Jagr has in him. Switch the 4th rounder to Larsson and it would be closer in value. That said, I am not a big Larsson fan and rather resign Staz and Mcginn.

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  • Joe Manzanares

    Get lost… Jager is no fit for the young speedy Avs. WERE YOU DRINKING WHEN YOU THOUGHT THIS UP?