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Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:12 pm
 

The ongoing flirtation between Jaromir Jagr and the Pittsburgh Penguins, his former fling, is getting real. Penguins GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has offered the former team captain a one-year deal and expects word from Jagr today.

"[Today] is decision day," Shero said. "We'll see what he does. ... He's got all the information he needs from us [to make up his mind]."

Since it became clear Jagr was interested in a return to the NHL, there have been two teams at the forefront with a third, unknown team supposedly also in the mix. Jagr first was in contact with the Red Wings, and GM Ken Holland showed reciprocal interest. Since then, Jagr and the Penguins have been figuring out if things would work for a return to the Steel City.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is of the mind that if Jagr had his druthers, he'd come back to Pittsburgh. Same goes for Dan Bylsma, the Penguins coach who has commented a few times on how he'd like to see Jagr on his bench.

"I've been on record a few times with the media about what the attributes of Jaromir Jagr are still really good," Bylsma said. "I think [a reporter] used the word 'hypothetical,' and we've kind of run with that word. There are things that I think he could add to our team."

Rossi quoted Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, as saying Jagr is on his way to the States.

"He is flying to New York [from the Czech Republic] right now," Svoboda said. "He is coming this afternoon and will tell us his answer then."

Because of CBA rules, the deal cannot be made official and signed until Friday, when free agency begins.

It's hard to believe that he would fly to America just to say no. Assuming the offer is truly "fair" and "respectful" as Shero said -- the deal is worth a reported $2 million -- it looks as if you can bust out those No. 68 sweaters in Pittsburgh and start growing back those mullets.

Jagr, a Czech native, won an Olympic gold medal in 1998 and a bronze in 2006. He also won two Ice Hockey World Championships in 2005 and 2010. He has already played in 806 games in a Penguins uniform.

He has 646 career NHL goals, and if he returns to the league, his career point total would make him the active leader.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo: Getty Images

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

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Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

I love Ray Shero. If he'd pull the offer from the table right now, I'd love him even more.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:40 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

I just heard...

He said he'd play as long as he can hide in the locker room when they play the Capitals.





Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:18 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Looks like Jagr's ability to completely disappear for periods of time doesn't just apply to his hockey game.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:09 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

I agree with what you are saying, but he didn't retire, he went to play in Russia. Either way, as a wings fan, I would much rather see the money go to a #1 defenseman.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:57 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

I honestly think he'll sign, if he signs at all, with Pitt.  Money is going to be a factor but I don't think the entire factor.  But I think everyone is getting tired of the ole "OK I've won it all, I've done it all, I want to spend time with the family so I'm going to retire" thing only to have them, for whatever the reason come back a few years later.  What's with these guys?  Brett Jagr doesn't have a good ring to it so why even put yourself on the same stage?  You left the game, now enjoy and wait for the Hall to come calling.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:22 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

 

No decision today implies he is looking for more money.  All that crap how money was no object; he wanted to play for Mario; etc. was typical Jagr talking out his arse.  If he wanted to be here he would have signed and we wouldn't even be talking about it.


Anybody that thinks money isn't almost always a factor is nuts.  Athletes are almost never happy with what they've earned...  and Jagr is no exception, that's for sure.  It looks like the only way he signs with the Pens is if they are the highest bidder...... before I go to bed tonight I'm going to take 2 seconds to pray to God Kenny Holland doesn't increase whatever offer he had on the table... I don't want a 40 year old one dimensional player with a "everything is about me" attitude on the Wings.  I'm going to say it again... I'm SHOCKED the Wings are interested in Jagr at this point of his career.. blown away actually.   It's not often Pens and Wings fans on these boards are on the same page with anything, but this is the exception.  Most of you want Jagr to sign with the Pens and a lot of us Wings fans are cheering you on... praying he signs with Pittsburgh.. let's all say a prayer and hope that happens tomorrow.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

You gotta remember though, the Pens have cap space still, but with the number of free agents they need to resign, they really can't throw more than 2 mil/year out to anyone. I'm sure if they could they'd give Jagr more, but like Shero said...they have other players to resign. Dupuis may not be a 30 goal scorer/former hart trophy winner, but he's one of the grind it out players who's willing to do the dirty work for players like Crosby and Malkin, and he was definitely one of the top pens penalty killers. To say he should be fired if we don't' get Jagr is ridiculous. The job he's done with the Pens since he took over is nothing but phenomenal. 



Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

No decision today implies he is looking for more money.  All that crap how money was no object; he wanted to play for Mario; etc. was typical Jagr talking out his arse.  If he wanted to be here he would have signed and we wouldn't even be talking about it.




Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

are people REALLY comparing Jaromir Jagr and Pascal Dupuis??


I watched Jagr have a hat trick vs the US a little over a month ago in Worlds. He had 5 G and 4 A in 9 games.  I watched Crosby set up Dupuis countless times in the slot and him fan on it repeatedly. I'll take my chances with the 5x Art Ross 
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