It's conflicting-report day when it comes to Jaromir Jagr. The Edmonton Journal, citing a source close to Jagr, reports Jagr is close to joining the Edmonton Oilers for the rest of this season. The Oilers, meanwhile, are denying the report. So we'll see what shakes out there.
But I'll digress for a quick rant: Have we learned nothing, nothing at all, about the mid-season (or beyond) signing? Come on, folks, this thing just hasn't worked much the past two seasons. Well, it at least hasn't worked for the immediate future in which these guys came back.
Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer both returned midway through last season; they were supposed to bolster the Ducks' chances at repeating for the Stanley Cup. The Stars knocked them out in the first round.
Mats Sundin joined the Vancouver Canucks in January. The problems of that team run deeper than anything one man can solve, but still it just isn't shaking right for the Canucks.
Ah well, I'm tired of trying to solve the world's problems. Time to get into basketball mode. Feel free to visit me on the Full Court Press blog tonight during the Mavericks game... if you dare. (I've always wanted to say that.)