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High hopes for the highly-paid

Think bigger things are only expected from big disappointments? Think again.

Updated: October 6, 2003, 3:06 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

Big names. Big tickets. Big expectations. In the game, there is always pressure to win, to excel, to lead. For some famous faces, however, the scrutiny this year will be microscopic.

They're either trying to rebound from poor seasons, live up to their salaries or help new teams make the quantum leap from pretender to contender.

Here, then, as a new season beckons, is a list of 10 men on whom the NHL spotlight is bound to shine most intensely:

1. Jaromir Jagr, Washington Capitals: ...

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