July 11, 2001. The Day The Music Died


Happy nine year anniversary to one of the worst moments in Penguins history. The trade of Jaromir Jagr to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Michael Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk.

Some really great stuff about the trade still lives on the internet.
Check out this unreal column by Joe Starkey back in 2008.  Also some stuff from the CBC that we don't remember:
There even were words with Lemieux as the owner-star challenged him to play better during the Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Devils.
Apparently not motivated by the comments, Jagr didn't score a single goal in the series.
"He's a great player, he's making $10 million a year," Lemieux said. "This has to be the best time of his life and I'm not so sure he realizes that."
Either way in our minds Jagr is still unseated as the second best Penguin of all time. And it is not just his stats. For those who remember watching him in the 90's there wasn't a better player alive. If you close your eyes you can still see him on those right boards on the powerplay. 75% chance the puck was going in if he got a clean pass from whatever shit defensman was playing the point.