Jaromir Jagr has said all the right things to local media in New Jersey, but as the Devils' playoff hopes completely fade away, you can bet that the winger would prefer to join a playoff-bound team before the March 2 trade deadline passes.
I just don’t think Jagr, who turns 43 on Sunday, will ever push things because he has way too much respect for veteran Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Jagr’s agent Peter Svoboda met with Lamoriello to discuss Jagr’s future before Saturday’s game in Montreal. I think the message at the time from Lamoriello was that he still believed in his team’s playoff chances, as remote as they appeared, and wanted to hang in for now.
Since then, the Devils got waxed by the Canadiens and then lost at home to Edmonton. Entering Tuesday's games, the Devils were 12 points out of the final wild card in the East with 28 games to play.
Expect Svoboda to circle back to Lamoriello at some point next week to revisit the conversation.