Will Agathis over at Mile High sticking proposed that the Avalanche should try and acquire Jaromir Jagr from the Devils saying that doing so would turn them into major contenders; he is not alone as Nadia Archuleta over at yahoo sports said the same thing, going so far as to say that with Jagr the Avalanche could win a Stanley cup. It is true that adding Jagr would be huge for this team but then again is there really a team that he would not be a great addition for? Nadia would give up PA, Stastny and O'Reilly while Will says Stastny, McGinn to get Jagr. I have a multitude of questions regarding this idea, the first one being do the Devils even want to move Jagr? The Devils are mediocre but still relevant in the crap pool that is the eastern conference and do you know whats keeping them in the race, Jagr; without Jagr the Devils are bottom feeders in a terrible conference and its not like they are going to save any money by trading for Jagr, as Stastny and O'Reilly actually makes more than Jagr's $4.5 million.
Another question is are the Avalanche even seriosuly interested in trading for Jagr? This is a team that is 6th in Goals per game but 14th in Goals allowed and it would seem from every rumor we have heard that they are really interested in adding a defenseman and don't seem too keen on trading away any of Mcginn, Stastny or O'Reilly instead they have been dangling PA Parenteau and have apparently not received an offer that they like yet and despite Statsny being a UFA at the end of the season we have not heard his name mentioned in really anything except speculative trade ideas like these Jagr ones. Its very possible that the Avalanche want to keep Statsny and resign him at the end of the season, especially with how much Roy seems to like him and the expansion of the cap next season. On top of this is trading away Stastny and McGinn for Jagr really helping the team all that much, don't get me wrong adding Jagr would make the team better but how much better are they really going to be when subtracting Statsny and Mcginn, maybe but Jagr only leads Stastny by one goal and 8 points overall.
In my view Jagr is a luxury and one that would definitely better the team but if the Avalanche are going to trade any significant pices I would rather they try and acquire a defensman who can actually help this team in their biggest area of need which is preventing some of these ridiculously high number of shots Giguere and Varlamov have been enduring. Thats just my opinion though, would you trade for Jagr? What would you give up?