In a conference call with members of the National Hockey League media on Friday evening, Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather discussed New York's acquisition of right wing Jaromir Jagr.
Sather on the working of the trade ... "We've been trying to make this deal for quite some time. It's a little over two years ago since he went to Washington when we first tried to make the deal. It's taken a long time to get here but I'm happy it's here."
Sather on why the trade was made at this stage of the season ... "If you look at the record today, we're two points back. If you're going to do something, now is the time before it's too late."
Sather on the Jagr deal and what he'll bring to New York ... "If you look at his track record he's been one of the most successful players in the NHL. We think we need a shot in the arm right now and he was available. We think he's going to help us get into the playoffs and go far in the playoffs once we get there."
Sather on Jagr's reaction to being traded to New York ... "He told us today he was nervous and excited about it. He's been a great player and I would think he would come to New York and be the same player he's been throughout his career. There's no reason to think that he can't come there and be very successful. He's got a good year going right now."
Jagr was unavailable to the media Friday evening due to travel, but made the following comments at Washington's morning skate in Florida earlier in the day regarding the trade speculation ... "No matter how much you say to yourself, 'You're a professional. You've got to go to the game and play your best.' It's not easy because any game or any sport, if you want to play the best you can play, you have to be mentally ready. And it's not easy to do right now."