By Wyatt Earp | July 1, 2011
You’ll have to bear with me here because it’s really difficult typing while jumping up and down shouting, “OH MY GOD!!!” The Flyers have been making stellar moves all through the off-season, and landed Jagr and former Penguins forward Maxime Talbot today – .
The new-look Philadelphia Flyers were at it again on Friday, as they tore through the first day of free agency with four signings, two of which hurt the rival Pittsburgh Penguins across the state.
Within a matter of hours, free-agent forwards Jaromir Jagr and Maxime Talbot signed deals with the Atlantic Division champions. Jagr, 39, a 1990 first-round pick of the Penguins snared a one-year deal worth $3.3 million, and Talbot, 27, who scored a game-winning Stanley Cup goal for the Penguins, signed a five-year deal worth $9 million.
This is a great move for three reasons . . .
First, Jagr can still play; he proved that in this year’s World Championships. Second, unlike Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Jagr is a leader – on the ice and in the locker room. He’ll do wonders with young stars James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux. Finally, there’s a ton of upsides with little downsides. If he doesn’t work out, it’s only a one-year deal. No harm, no foul. Personally, I think he’ll do well here.
Regular readers know my favorite hockey player of all time is Wayne Gretzky. Former Flyer and current Leafs assistant coach Keith Acton is second. Jagr is third. I’ve followed him his entire career, and own his Penguins and Capitals jerseys. You can be damned sure I’ll be getting his Flyers jersey, too.
Oh, and the bonus? The ladies may take a shine to Maxime Talbot: