Jagr on the downswing?
After the Maple Leafs downed the struggling Rangers last night in New York, Nik Antropov is on pace for 19 more goals and 20 more points than Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr's actually headed for his lowest goal total ever, just 21, which makes you wonder if, at age 35, this is the beginning of a decline for the big Czech. Just last season, it looked as though he would be well on his way to moving into No. 2 all-time in NHL scoring behind Wayne Gretzky, needing 360 points over another five seasons to pass Mark Messier.
In nearly 200 games with the Rangers prior to this season, Jagr's averaged 42 goals and 104 points per 82 games, but there have been rumours all season he's unhappy with the state of affairs in New York. He's not going to hit the performance bonus clauses needed to trigger another year on his current deal and is likely to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
Coming off as poor a season as he now appears headed for, it's anyone's guess how high the bidding will go.