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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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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Comments

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:19 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.



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:51 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.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Goldpanther4-The Pens should be careful of what they wish for, as they just might get it...the result could be a disaster, moral wise, in the club house.  With Crosby and Malkin they have two superstars and with the addition of Jagr they wold have a self professed ober super star.  Who would be left to play hockey in the trenches, on defense, or penalty killing sessions?  Buyer beware!--------LOL @ this ridiculously ignorant statement.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:40 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

may as well ask mario to suit up while your at it.....



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:38 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Who would be left?
How about Jordan Staal, one of the best defensive centers in the game. Or Brooks Orpick, Zybenek Michalik, Paul Martin, Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams, Mike Rupp...they have plenty of grinders and young guys who got real playing time last year with all the injuries. They had the #1 PK in the league.

Jagr's primadonna days are well behind him. He has grown up alot and was a well respected team captain in New York, in the KHL and on the Czech national team. He also would not offend Mario with any ridiculous behavior.

All he brings is skills to turn around a power play that was awful, and the ability to possess the puck in the offensive end which the Pens game is built around.

The PP will be pretty sick with Crosby, Malkin, Jagr, Kunitz or Neal down low, and LeTang at the point.

 



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:32 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

Who would be left to play hockey in the trenches
Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal, James Neal, Matt Cooke, Craig Adams, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Tangradi.

on defense

The defensemen?

penalty killing sessions?

Staal, Adams, Cooke and Dupuis are the Pens primary PKers.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:26 am
 

Pens await word from Jagr today on one-year offer

The Pens should be careful of what they wish for, as they just might get it...the result could be a disaster, moral wise, in the club house.  With Crosby and Malkin they have two superstars and with the addition of Jagr they wold have a self professed ober super star.  Who would be left to play hockey in the trenches, on defense, or penalty killing sessions?  Buyer beware!


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