Jagr to Oilers; top 10 centers 

March, 15, 2010

Well, we lost the Edmonton Oilers over the weekend. Pat Quinn's team was officially eliminated from the playoff chase after a 6-4 loss in Toronto. If they haven't already done so, Edmonton fans can now focus their undivided attention on the upcoming June draft. The Oilers likely will have the best chance to win the first overall pick through the league lottery.

It's been a really rough ride for the Oilers, who've been crippled by key injuries and stymied by subpar play from those who've stayed in the lineup. Clearly, GM Steve Tambellini will seek to revamp his roster in the offseason. There are many who believe that Jaromir Jagr will make a return to the NHL by signing with the Oilers this summer.

We know that Jagr enjoys a good relationship with Edmonton associate coach Tom Renney and assistant coach Wayne Fleming. Jagr has played for both men during his career. He worked for Renney in New York and Fleming in Omsk (KHL). I'd love to see the big Czech back on this side of the Atlantic, but I don't see how he's a great fit in Edmonton. At this point of his career, Jagr needs a much better supporting cast. I'd love to see him finish his NHL career back in Pittsburgh, but it seems that bridge has been burned.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.