Report: Columbus tried to “make a splash” by signing Jagr

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It might feel strange to see Jaromir Jagr in a Dallas Stars jersey, but what if he was setting off cannons in Columbus?

Aaron Portzline reports that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson extended a one-year, $4.2 million offer to Jagr, who eventually accepted a bit more ($4.5 million) with Dallas.

Portzline points out someone who would have a “heavy hand” in bringing in Jagr: new CBJ adviser Craig Patrick drafted him as the Pittsburgh Penguins GM.

Jagr told Randy Miller that he almost felt like Patrick viewed him as “his kid” back when he asked to be traded from Pittsburgh.

“He drafted me. I felt like I was his kid or something,” Jagr said. “I think it would be tough for him to trade me if I didn’t come to him and say it.”

So there’s a fun “What if?” scenario for you.

The Blue Jackets did draft Jakub Voracek – aka “Jagr Jr.” – so it would have been an odd full circle moment.

Instead, Sergei Fedorov remains arguably the strangest Blue Jacket yet.