Jaromir Jagr: Takin' it Easy

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 23, 2008

Here we go, after two weeks of silence between the two parties, the NY Post along with myself have just learned of the situation. The reason why the Rangers and Jagr haven't been talking is because Jagr is on vacation in London and Sather would have had to fly there in order to discuss contract negotiations.

"There's nothing new about my situation. That's Okay. I understand that Glen and my agent had other issues to take care of before and at the draft," said Jagr, "I was at our practice rink last week. I missed Glennie by a couple of hours, or we would have talked then.

I'm sure we'll be talking sometime soon. I don't think there's a rush. Nothing has changed." It appears that it is definite that both parties are interested in extending Jagr's stay with the franchise. Both Sather and Jagr have said exactly that and there is no reason to believe that they aren't just taking things easy as free agency approaches.

Also, as a side note, the NY Post reports: The Rangers will conduct a conditioning camp at the practice rink this week that will feature first-round pick Michael Del Zotto, second-round selection Derek Stepan and prospects Artem Anisimov, Bobby Sanguinetti, Michael Busto, Tommy Pyatt, Brodie Dupont and Antoine Lafleur, among the 28 invitees . The Blueshirts likely will not qualify winger Fredrik Sjostrom at the mandatory $813,750, but rather will attempt to sign him to a two-year deal in the range of $600-$650,000.