Throughout the past couple of weeks, we here at Blue Line Station asked you, the readers, to create a top 10 list of your favorite Rangers of all-time. Today leads us to #9 and probably one of the most remembered Rangers, Jaromir Jagr.
From 2001-2004, Jagr was playing with the Washington Capitals. After their attempt to build a contender with high-priced veteran talent had failed, Washington ownership spent much of 2003 trying to trade Jagr. But this was a year before a new Collective Bargaining Agreement would be signed, so few teams were willing to risk $11 million on the forward. On January 23, 2004, he was traded to the New York Rangers for Anson Carter and an agreement that Washington would pay around $4 million per year of Jagr’s salary. This is where the magic began.
Due to the new CBA that was signed before the start of the 2005-06 season, Jagr’s salary was reduced to $7.8 million, the maximum allowed under the terms of the new Salary Cap. During the labor dispute in 2004-05, he played for HC Kladno in the Czech Republic, and afterward played for the Avangard ice-hockey team at Omsk in Russia. Jaromir led the Czechs to gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championships in Austria, and was elected a tournament all-star in the process. He also became a member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club, which is for players who have won a Stanley Cup, World Hockey Championship, and Olympic gold medal.
On March 18, 2006, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jagr became only the sixth Rangers player in team history to break the 100-point barrier, and became the only Rangers right winger to tally 100 points in one season. On November 19, 2006, he scored his 600th career goal against Tampa Bay, making him the 16th player in NHL history to do so.
On February 10, 2007, against Washington, he recorded his 1,500th career point. He is the 12th NHLer to reach this mark. He is also the fourth fastest player to score 1,500 points after Marcel Dionne, Mario Lemieux, and Wayne Gretzky.
Here are the records he set while with the Rangers:
- Most single-season goals (2005–06) – 54
- Most single-season points (2005–06) – 123
- Most single-season power-play goals (2005–06) – 24
- Most single-season shots on goal (2005–06) – 368
- Most single-season game-winning goals (2005–06) – 9 (Tied with Mark Messier 1996–97 and Don Murdoch 1980–81)
- Most single-season assists by a right wing (2005–06) – 69