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Everyone playing for Philadelphia has something to prove, if only to avoid drawing the ire of the team's fans.
Jagr is a special case, however.
Few players in hockey have the man-sized juevos needed to pull of a maneuver like Jagr orchestrated this offseason. After telling the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings that he would be interested in coming to both teams (even claiming that he wanted to do right by Mario, in Pittsburgh's case), he forced the front offices of those clubs to wait.
And wait, while he and his agent Petr Svoboda mulled over the decision.
The result? Detroit and Pittsburgh rescinded their offers, and Jagr went to the highest bidder, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Though Jagr and Svoboda have claimed that other NHL teams offered as much as $6 million per season, the move is money-based, nothing more. The Penguins and Red Wings were prepared to offer as much as $2 million, perhaps $2.5 million, but weren't willing to mortgage their free agent plans on an aging star who hasn't played in the NHL in three seasons.
Philadelphia threw more money on his lap, and Jagr bit. The 39-year-old winger has been a mercenary throughout his career, and the Flyers signing was the latest instance of it.
Now, though, he'll have to provide the scoring to match his deal. $3.3 million is a good deal of money for any player, and the Flyers aren't exactly rife with cap space. Philadelphia has to expect Jagr to produce reasonably well, and especially on the power play.
For all that occurred this summer in the NHL, Jagr could have made two or three times as much, tax free, by remaining in the KHL.
In returning to North America, Jagr must have had something he wanted to prove. By joining the Flyers in the fashion in which he did, he'll have something to prove to the rest of the NHL (and especially Pittsburgh, who must be dying to play the December 29 game at CONSOL).
And, accepting a paycheck of $3.3 million, he'll have to prove to Flyers fans that he was worth the investment.