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The Jagr deal with Avangard Omsk is believed to be for two years plus an option for a third, and will pay Jagr about $7 million tax-free, which is the equivalent of about $11 million a season in the NHL.

Jagr had plenty to say, mentioning that playing in New York was an “extraordinary experience.”  He also noted his regrets for not reaching the 84-point plateau that would have automatically extended his contract with the Rangers.

Jagr’s parting shot:

“And I also want to say to the people like Mike Milbury who made their living by criticizing me all the time, that they can kiss my ass.”

As for NHL players going to play overseas, Vladmir Ruzicka, the coach of the Czech Republic national team had this to say about players going to Russia: “The NHL should be afraid and very afraid because the Continental League in Russia is filthy rich and I can guarantee you that they will lure a lot of players, especially those who are about 30, who have done their time in the NHL and made some money there and they will offer them pretty good conditions and a lot of them will go to Russia.”

The man has a point.  The money doesn’t go as far in the U.S. as it does overseas.  And if Russian teams are going to pay players in before-tax dollars, there will be a lot of incentive to play there.

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In thrilling comeback fashion, Russia won the gold medal at the Ice Hockey World Championship earlier today. Heading into the third period down 4-2, Russia scored twice to force the game into Overtime.

1:55 into the OT period, Rick Nash was whistled for delay of game and just 45 seconds later, Ilya Kovalchuk scored to win the game for Russia.

Fedor Tyutin had an assist in the game.

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A total of four Rangers players participated in the tournament:

Skaters
Player Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Brandon Dubinsky United States 4 3 0 3 2 1
Michal Rozsival Czech Republic 4 0 0 0 0 1
Fedor Tyutin Russia 6 0 1 1 0 3
Goaltenders
Player Team GP TOI W L GA SVS SOG SV% GAA
Henrik Lundqvist Sweden 5 283:15 3 2 14 143 157 0.911 2.97

Lundqvist did not play in the bronze medal game against Finland.

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