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Jaromir Jagr
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Jaromir Jagr

Washington Capitals

After acquiring the five-time scoring champion from the cash-strapped Penguins in July 2001, the Capitals gave Jagr a seven year extension that made him the NHL's highest paid played ($11 million per season). He spent less than three seasons with them, causing unrest as his production declined and attendance fell. The Caps made the playoffs once (a first-round exit). Desperate to unload their albatross, they agreed, after six months of haggling with the only taker -- the deep-pocketed Rangers -- to accept Anson Carter in return and pay $4 million to $4.5 million of Jagr's salary through the 2007-08 season.

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