Jaromir Jagr, who thought he was going from Pittsburgh to New York but wound up in Washington, is very happy with his new home.
"To call a city a hockey town, you have to win," Jagr said Tuesday during his first appearance in Washington since last week's trade. "To be able to do that, I don't think it's going to be a problem."
Jagr comes to Washington with two years and $20.7-million left on his contract. He said he'd like to wait before negotiating with the Capitals but does hope to talk soon.
"I'd be very excited to sign a bigger deal, longer deal," Jagr said, smiling.
"Done," Washington majority owner Ted Leonsis said immediately, drawing a laugh.
Jagr, who was traded to the Capitals after the Rangers couldn't agree with the Penguins on a deal, tried to downplay problems he had during his 11-year career in Pittsburgh, during which time the team won two Stanley Cups.
He reportedly clashed with coaches and was unhappy at times last season with owner/player Mario Lemieux before going to general manager Craig Patrick and asking for a trade.
"I don't want to talk about it; I don't want to cry about it," Jagr said. "I'm in a new city now."
Coach Ron Wilson said he's still having a little trouble believing that Jagr is on his team: "It's like going to a toy store, and you have your parent say that you can buy the biggest toy or any toy around. He's the best player in the league."
FLYERS: Six-time All-Star Eric Lindros is prepared to sit another season if he isn't traded, said his lawyer, Gordon Kirke.
Lindros, who rejected an $8.5-million offer from the Flyers last summer, refused to play last season unless Philadelphia traded him to Toronto. He expanded the list to include St. Louis, Detroit and Washington late in the season, then added the New York Rangers this summer.