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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: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer


They just signed Dupuis for $1.5 mil per year and now they want to offer Jagr $2 mil per year?? Who is the better all-around player right now? Gotta say Dupuis. I just don't think one-way sniper/specialists are worth that much. I can foresee Jagr scoring about as much as Dupuis but giving up whatever he gives you on the defensive end. Besides, with Crosby and Malkin back, do we really need to upgrade the PP?

This was just a rough draft right?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

One theory that is thrown around a lot is that Simon Despres will move into a starting spot in the 2012-2013 season after playing a year with the Baby Pens.  This would allow Shero the possibility of moving say Paul Martin (who carries a 5mil cap hit) for a scoring winger.  He did it to a lesser extent last year when he moved Gologoski for Neal.

It would be a good move but in my opinion I can't see that happening.  Gologoski wasn't making 5 million dollars and he was 23 or maybe he just turned 24 at the time of the trade.  Martin is 30 years old..... 5 million per season?  I'll be surprised if there are any takers.... but if by some miracle there is a taker and they are willing to trade a scoring winger for him if I was Shero I'd get that done asap.....



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

While Jagr was more talented than most players will ever be, the operative word is "was". Granted, his style of play (puck possession, shooting, etc.) lends itself to playing effectively for a long time, I don't think he's worth it at his age.

They just signed Dupuis for $1.5 mil per year and now they want to offer Jagr $2 mil per year?? Who is the better all-around player right now? Gotta say Dupuis. I just don't think one-way sniper/specialists are worth that much. I can foresee Jagr scoring about as much as Dupuis but giving up whatever he gives you on the defensive end. Besides, with Crosby and Malkin back, do we really need to upgrade the PP?



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

LOL It's funny when Jagr was talking to the Wings, All the Pen fans where saying he was to old and the wings could have him, Now that he is showing inerest in Pitt again, Pen fans say thats great news now he is all that WOW lol Pittsburgh fans is Jagr all that or not.
who said that?  I'm sure the people who said the wings can have him are the same ones saying they don't want him in Pitt.    The people that want him hear heavily outweigh the ones who don't.  





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Please let him have received a $4 million dollar offer from ANYONE other than the Penguins. This is an experiment that has a very small chance of success in my humble opinion. The Penguins are essentially buying a power play specialist. You are going to have to rotate guys into a top 6 winger role to cover for Jagr anytime defense is necessary. Hate this idea.

Since from the sounds of it the Wings are the only other team interested in his services, I pray to God Jagr announces that he chose the Pens over the Wings this afternoon.... based on everything I read anywhere I go, that appears to be the likely outcome... THANK GOD... I am SHOCKED beyond belief Kenny Holland has this much interest in Jagr... blows my mind.  I know the Wings aren't opposed to signing older veterans but this is a little ridiculous in my opinion.  And normally the Wings require more then just a guy that's going to be a PP specialist on their team... not to mention I'm not even close to convinced that Jagr will be all that great on the PP at this stage of his career either....... please let him sign with the Pens... PLEASE............



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Please let him have received a $4 million dollar offer from ANYONE other than the Penguins. This is an experiment that has a very small chance of success in my humble opinion. The Penguins are essentially buying a power play specialist. You are going to have to rotate guys into a top 6 winger role to cover for Jagr anytime defense is necessary. Hate this idea.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Its just the way the Pens are currently built. Right or wrong, they have all of their cash tied up in 3 centers, a solid defensive corps and a good goaltender.  They will always be looking for experiments on the wings, and cheap scoring when they can get it.  Jagr is just another example of that.

One theory that is thrown around a lot is that Simon Despres will move into a starting spot in the 2012-2013 season after playing a year with the Baby Pens.  This would allow Shero the possibility of moving say Paul Martin (who carries a 5mil cap hit) for a scoring winger.  He did it to a lesser extent last year when he moved Gologoski for Neal.


With the Pens going heavy on defensemen again this year in the draft, it should be an area of strength for Shero to trade away for some scoring for several years if he chooses to do so.

As far as Jagr being a disruption, I dont know, maybe, maybe not.  He knows this isnt his team, he will know what his role is.  More importantly though,  this Pens team although still relatively young, is pretty seasoned.  They've won a championship, they've been upset in the playoffs, they've had injuries, they've had a coaching change...etc.  I think it would take a lot more than Jagr to rattle this group of players.







Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Shero will only have to wait as long as it takes Jagr's agent to try to leverage the offer against the KHL deal on the table.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Pittsburgh is well established to work in the trenches

If your definition of working in the trenches is hanging out at the other teams blueline with your stick in the air praying for a long breakaway pass then Jagr is your mind... he'll work those trenches all season long.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Pittsburgh is well established to work in the trenches.  They proved it when Malkin and Crosby went down.  This signing would be huge for the Pens!!  We need help on the PP and on right wing.  Jagr addresses both areas.  This is great news in steel town and should help us at least get out of the second round next year.  Jagr it is time to man up and prove to the world you are no longer the selfish player who left the NHL to make more money.

I'm glad you're happy because as a Wings fan I couldn't be happier for you.   For a second there I thought he might choose the Wings and that would have made me fairly angry because I want nothing to do with Jagr at his age.  Your last line is a little comical though, were you serious?  Jagr was always a selfish player and always will be a selfish player.  People are what they are and they don't change their personality and the way they think when they turn 40 years old.   He's still selfish and he's still a one dimensional player that'll never agree to backcheck or be a team player.  The only good thing I can say about this signing if it's true is 2 million dollars in a league with a salary cap of 64 million isn't too bad... I mean he's a deadbeat signing but for a 1 year deal and 2 million dollars it won't kill the Pens... I'm just glad the Wings aren't wasting a roster spot on this floater. 


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