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Report: Rangers close to acquiring Jagr

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York are reportedly close to a trade with the Washington that would bring superstar to the Big Apple. The New York Post reported Wednesday that Jagr has told a couple of associates that he believes a deal to the is close. The paper also cited sources as saying the and have been seriously talking for the past couple of weeks.

Jagr's flirtation with the is nothing new. While still with Pittsburgh during the summer of 2001, Jagr was rumored to be headed to New York, but he instead wound up in Washington. This past off-season, the and were talking about a trade for the Czech winger.

This is Jagr's third season with Washington, which acquired him from the on July 11, 2001 for prospects that have not panned out.

He has eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 21 games this season, but his play has picked up recently with 15 points in his last 10 contests.

The 31-year-old Jagr, in 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, captured five Art Ross Trophies as the NHL's leading scorer and was the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP for the 1998-99 campaign when he accumulated 127 points.

However, he has not produced the same outstanding numbers since leaving Pittsburgh after a 121-point campaign in 2000-01. He posted just 79 points in 2001-02 and last season recorded only 77 -- his lowest full-season output since his second year of 1991-92 when he totaled just 69 points.

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