Flashback: The Rangers 2001 Pursuit Of Jaromir Jagr

On July 11th, 2001, the financially strapped Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jaromir Jagr to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk. The Rangers had significant interest in acquiring Jagr but would not pay the reported price for him. Instead, the Rangers acquired Eric Lindros from the Philadelphia Flyers.

This is a look back, through the NY Post archives, of the Rangers failed pursuit of Jagr.

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Note: Neil Smith Never Wanted To Trade Tony Amonte

On March 21, 1994 the Rangers traded two-time 30 goal, and at the time 16, scorer Tony Amonte to the Chicago Blackhawks for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.

It was a move that Neil Smith, in Behind the Moves, said that he didn’t want to make:

“Keenan was saying all season, ‘Trade Amonte for Matteau.’ Matteau was the guy he wanted. I made [Blackhawks GM Bob] Pulford throw [Brian] Noonan in that trade at the deadline because I just couldn’t possibly do that deal one for one. So it was tough to deal with that [influence from Keenan]. You can’t trade Tony Amonte—he was our future. But then we got the two players, and we were where we were, poised to win, so okay.”

Read: When Patrik Elias Was About To Become A Ranger

At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that in the summer of 2006, the Devils Patrik Elias had said goodbye to Lou Lamoriello and was planning to sign with the Rangers.

Friedman writes that Elias and the Rangers had a verbal agreement but the Rangers would not add a no-move clause to the contract which caused the talks to hit a snag and open up a chance for the Devils to re-sign him.

Elias signed a seven year deal that had a cap hit of $6 million per season and included a no-move clause.

The Rangers, according to a Larry Brooks report in the NY Post from 2006, said that the Rangers were offering Elias $7 million a season.

The plan, at the time, was to add Elias to the Rangers lineup with fellow Czech Jaromir Jagr.

Note: It Seems Like The Rangers Made The Right Choice With This Move/Non-Move In 2004

In an article from the NY Post on March 21st, 2004, Larry Brooks wrote this:

“Rangers were in on the bidding for Brown free-agent goaltender Yann Danis, but did not come close to matching the near-cap numbers the Hobey Baker candidate received from Montreal. We’re told that the Blueshirts do not regard Danis to be as promising a prospect as Henrik Lundqvist, their 22-year-old seventh-round selection in the 2000 Entry Draft who is having an outstanding year for Frolundia of the Swedish Elite League. We’ll see. The Rangers, who hope to sign Lundqvist and then get him over to Hartford next season, had better be right. Because the organization that can afford almost anything cannot afford mistakes on personnel.”

Danis has played 50 career NHL games and has a record of 16-21-4


Read: Glen Sather’s 10th Anniversary NY Post Edition

Yesterday was the 10th Anniversary of the Rangers hiring Glen Sather as President and GM. To honor the occaision I combed through the NY Times archives for stories and Sather and his road to be Rangers GM.

Today, as we continue to “honor” and look back at Slats, its the NY Post and Larry Brook’s turn to tell the story of Sather coming to the Rangers.

….Why, because its interesting to see how different media, only blocks apart in NYC, approach and write about a story like this. Plus its the off-season and its Brooks so he should have more stories and nuggets through his old articles than the Times did. Brooks offers more perspective and analysis than the straightforward approach of the Times.

March 29th, 2000: Neil Smith and John Muckler are fired. Brooks mentions Sather as a candidate to replace Smith along with, Lou Lamoriello, who was in the last year of his contract, former coach Colin Campbell and Scotty Bowman, whom Brooks says, “has always been interested in working on Broadway.” Brooks also writes about the possibility of hiring Campbell to be GM and re-hiring Mike Keenan to coach.

…I can tell I will have a good time going back and reading these articles. Hope you enjoy it all too, AFTER THE JUMP To read more of this story, click here

Read: Glen Sather’s 10th Anniversary As Rangers GM

In the New York Daily News, Michael Obernauer writes about how TODAY is the 10th anniversary of Glen Sather taking over as President and GM of the Rangers.

…10 years! I don’t know if its hard to believe or not that its been that long but that is certainly a long time for someone who has only led the team to two playoff series wins in that time. His pre-lockout time was a disaster but did have the team, or Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist had them, in the playoffs each of the four post lockout seasons until this past one.

That picture isn’t from his introductory press conference but I love the look that him and Bure give each other in this.  Click for higher resolution.

For such an occasion, I searched through the New York Times archives for stories on this and the Rangers pursuit of Sather to lead the team.

April 21st,2000 Jason Diamos wrote about the Rangers trying to lure Sather as his Oilers were on the verge of being eliminated.

April 25th, Sather insisted that he was staying in Edmonton for the final two years of his contract.

On May 3rd, Diamos reported that the window for Sather to use his escape clause was in mid-July. He also said that the Rangers had two in-house candidates for the position, Don Maloney and John Davidson.

…It should have been JD.

On May 10th, Diamos reported that Sather met with Dave Checketts, then the Garden President. Sather denied the meeting took place.

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