Optimism and defeat all in one trade

With Jaromir Jagr, the Rangers have hope. Without him, the Capitals do, too.

Updated: January 25, 2004, 6:11 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

The knee-jerk reaction is to laugh in the face of New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather and pull out all the old brickbats about how the Rangers never get it right, never address the team's real needs and never, never, never lose their fascination for going for the big score when something akin to the big stay-at-home defender is what's really needed.

Go ahead, laugh, and we'll laugh right along with you. But for the record, New York's acquisition of Jaromir Jagr for Anson Carter ...

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