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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

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Comments

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

If we dont sign him, Pascal Dupuis will be our best RW. That is just unacceptable. If we kept Dupuis at the expense of Jagr, Shero should get fired. He can go back to Nashville and use every draft pick to select dmen and never make it out of the first round.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Please sign with pittsburgh, I don't want this old has been in Detroit, and for some reason Ken Holland is interested in him. Sign him penguins, sign him now !!!!!



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Now we just need Francis, Ulf and Murphy to come back, then Mario can dust off his skates once the playoffs start!




Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Traded his rights to Toronto ... Pgh local news. No details on what the Pens get in return ( maybe a new dryer for Sid to shoot at?)




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Modano came from Dallas of the NHL.  He might have worked out
except for the sliced-up wrist.

It's hard to look past Jagr - if the price is right.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

I for ONE am VERY Excited!!!!!
Welcome home Jagr!!



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Just got a report that pens traded Talbot, anybody else hear this ?



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

This was just a rough draft right?
When's the last time you saw Jagr play? For me it was about 2 years ago at the Olympics and I remember him getting knocked on his butt and not doing much against the likes of Latvia.

When's the last time you saw Dupuis play? How about 2 months ago when he was a solid two-way player who also killed penalties in the NHL.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Hope he does sign witht he Pens. Nothing against Jagr. But, I look at his current situation, and compare it to what the Wings did last offseason. He's 39 and currently playing in the KHL. Last year, the Wings signed Modano, 40, and Hudler out of the KHL. Neither worked too well. Now, just seems like Jagr is both, balled up into one free agent. But, 646 goals is a tough thing to look passed.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Jagr will be a great addition to the Pens.     
  I keep checking back here to see if it's a done deal yet.     &
nbsp; Get it DONE!!!!


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