The new world of salary caps is not something sitting well with Jaromir Jagr. The player currently in the stable of the New York Rangers is weighing his options and pondering a return to Europe rather than play under the new system just negotiated.
Jaromir apparently is toying with the idea of playing once again for Avangard Omsk in Russia, where he played for part of the lock out season last year. As 2005-06 approaches, Jagr is contemplating the 3.2 million dollar pay cut that he would take under the new pay scale.
Jagr was scheduled to make 11 million dollars this year under the old system, now with cost certainty in place Jagr's salary would only check in at 7.8 million. The loss of the pocket change has put Jaromir in a rather poor frame of mind regarding a return to the Garden and other NHL barns.
The Rangers for their part aren't suggesting that they will be Jaromir less squad this year, they of course are assisted by the fact that the Capitals are still on the hook for part of Jagr's salary so don't expect them to make his departure an easy thing if he tries to break his contract.