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Small market Pens couldn't afford Jagr

Updated: July 12, 2001, 2:50 PM ET
By Al Morganti | Special to ESPN.com

The Washington Capitals got the star they've been searching for when general manager George McPhee engineered the strange deal in which the club landed arguably the best player in the NHL, Jaromir Jagr, from the Pittsburgh Penguins for three prospects and future considerations.

The Capitals sent Kris Beech, Michal Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk to Pittsburgh for Jagr and veteran Frantisek Kucera. And, according to league sources, the Caps will also pay the Penguins about $5 million over the ...

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