The Dallas Stars, after discussing a possible one-year extension last week, have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr, telling the veteran forward that he will be moved prior to the 2 p.m. CT deadline on Wednesday.
According to reports from Ren Lavoie of RDS and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Jagr is expected to be traded sometime over the next two days. The 41-year old leads the Stars with 12 goals and 26 points, yet the team has fallen further back in the playoff race and it's clear that Joe Nieuwendyk feels it's in the best interest of the franchise to gain long-term assets while he can get them.
Let's hope this is a significant return.
This is going to be a very tough sell to the Dallas Stars fanbase, one that has embraced the arrival of the legendary player with open arms -- especially since Jagr has been one of the few bright lights in an otherwise forgettable season. What Jagr has shown on and off the ice could prove to be invaluable in the long run and for many, his approach to the game was something that desperately needed to be taught to an overall young team.
There's no guarantee that the Stars will trade Jagr, since Nieuwendyk isn't going to just give him away. Reportedly the Stars turned down two second-round draft picks for Jagr over the weekend, so you'd have to expect any return will have to be more substantial than that.
Boston, Montreal and Philadelphia are the teams reportedly in on the Jagr talks.
We'll have more as the trade deadline nears.