Detroit Red Wings: Why the Wings Should Not Sign Jaromir Jagr

Matthew ShepardContributor IIIJune 17, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 19:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of Czech Republic looks on during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Czech Republic and Latvia on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jaromir Jagr was an NHL All-Star and before departing to the KHL. He had 71 points in his last NHL season. That was back in the 2007-08 season. He may have been good, but that was three years ago.

It seems every year the Wings sign one veteran who is usually dead weight. In the 2010-11 season that was Mike Modano. It is rather scary that he still wants to play. Wings fans can only hope that his strong connections with the Ilitch family will not cloud the team's judgement in re-signing him.  

Brad May and Dallas Drake were the veterans who were signed in recent years past, and they failed to produce. The Wings have talented young players already.

If Johan Franzen were not injured, the Wings may have made it to the Stanley Cup. Another point is the Wings took the series to Game 7. No one expected them to even have a chance once they lost the first three games. The Wings were already feeling the pressure and they put up a fight. No one could ask the Wings to do more. They took the series to the limit and fought. Even with the injuries they had they still put up a fight.

No other team could have pulled that off.   

Detroit head coach Mike Babcock admits that the Wings need to change. He already lost his two assistant coaches and is still waiting on retirement news of team captain Nicklas Lidstrom. Detroit should know of Lidstrom's fate next week, but for now all they can do is hope. 

The Wings already have a great offence and getting Jagr is not the right choice. He has one year, maybe two max, left in him. There is no doubt that he will produce goals, but the question is how many?

When Detroit's Jiri Hulder returned from the KHL, he was a changed player. He dropped 20 points. Before leaving the Wings he had 57 points in the 2008-09 season. In the KHL he thrived. He had 54 points in 54 games. Their style of play is very different in the KHL compared to the NHL. That was noticeable when he did not produce. He produced 13 fewer goals in the 2010-11 season than he did in the 2008-09 season. 

Detroit fans are calling for Hudler to be traded.

This could be the same fate for Jagr. Hudler was only gone for a year. How much has Jagr changed?

The Wings may have a lot of money to throw around during free agency, but signing him is not a wise choice. The main issue Detroit had in the season was defense. If they sign Jagr, this means less money for a problem that should of been taken care of first.

More goals maybe nice but less goals scored on would be better. Detroit should concentrate on getting a defenseman and a goalie before even thinking about signing forwards. They have talented forwards on their farm club. The Wings should give them a chance and keep what they have or they just might cause them to leave to the KHL.