Tag:Jaromir Jagr
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 11:12 am

Daily Skate: Mohr's host work, new realignment

Here's what you might have missed while recovering from the NHL Awards after parties.

MORE OF MOHR: For the second straight year, Jay Mohr was tagged to host the NHL Awards and it seems to be a great fit. I thought the opening monologue was very good and did its best to avoid the incredibly easy jokes. The best part in my mind, though, was the opening video in a spinoff of the Penguins/Capitals 24/7 feature. And when he made a mistake, like calling the Tampa Bay GM "Steve Why-zerman" he owned up to it and later called out the Real Housewives of wherever for their mispronunciation of Martin St. Louis, which followed a very awkward presentation. All in all, Mohr did well I thought, and the reaction all seemed pretty positive.

SWEET EMOTIONS: Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry seemed genuinely surprised and honored when he took home the Hart Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player voted by the writers. His acceptance speech was very brief as you could see the impact of the moment hitting Perry. "I'm an emotional person," Perry said. "It's like going back when we won the Stanley Cup. I cried after that. That's just the person I am." Eric Stephens of the OC Register has the whole story.

RETHINKING REALIGNMENT: It's going to happen after next season: There will be a shift in the divisional format of the NHL. But according to the Toronto Sun, if Gary Bettman gets his way, it's going to be a pretty radical change. Bettman reportedly proposed a four-division format with the top four from each division making the playoffs and the first round a divisional round. The Sun says both Columbus and Detroit could get what they want and move to the East. Jackets Cannon takes a shot at what the new layouts could look like.

YOUR MOVE, JAGR: In the latest episode of As the Jagr Turns, Detroit general manager Ken Holland admits to being very intrigued about adding the 39-year-old veteran, noting he added old vets in Mike Modano and Dominik Hasek, too. But at this point, the Red Wings have done their part and now are just waiting for an answer back from Jagr as to where he will play, be it Detroit, Pittsburgh, some mystery NHL team or back in Russia. Free agency doesn't start until July 1, but Jagr can sign before, and that's what is expected to happen.

NEW DIGS FOR DUDLEY?: Recently, Rick Dudley was informed he would not stick around with the Winnipeg organization after the move, leaving a guy known as one of hockey's sharpest eyes for talent without a job. But perhaps not for long. Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch reports Dudley had an "exploratory chat" with Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson. Columbus has a few positions to fill in its hockey operations department, so it could be the beginning of a working relationship.

TEDDY TAKES ON D.C.: Washington Capitals Examiner blogger Michael Hoffman recounts the interesting and often rocky relationship Caps owner Ted Leonsis has with the local-area media. The latest squabble surrounds the discussion by a blogger about the possibility of Jagr coming back to Washington and Leonsis hammering him for such speculation.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 6:42 pm

Daily Skate: Jagr loves Mario; Bryzgalov money

We present to you the return of the Morning Skate here at the Eye on Hockey blog, where we catch you up on what you might have missed while you were sleeping.

JAGR WATCH CONTINUES: First, it was contacting the Red Wings. In the last couple of days, it's been all about the Penguins. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sheds some light on Jagr's interest in returning to Pittsburgh: "A longing to reconnect with the Penguins could be part of what brings back legendary forward Jaromir Jagr. He loves that team, that city," agent Petr Svoboda said Tuesday from the Czech Republic. "And he loves Mario [Lemieux], so that is all on his mind." Jagr is expected to speak with the Penguins some time today.

BRYZGALOV LOVE: The Flyers and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov are still working on getting a deal done to help cover Philly's Achilles' heel, but as of yet, nyet. There has been talk that Bryz wanted to be the highest-paid goalie in the NHL and reports are starting to leak that he could become just that as the ballpark number right now is $7 million. Seems a bit much, don't you think?

LONG FOR LONG ISLAND: The Islanders are getting closer and closer to solidifying their home in New York as sides work toward a new arena. According to Newsday, details of the deal have emerged, and it would call for Nassau County to receive 11.5 percent of all revenue from a new Nassau Coliseum and would give owner Charles Wang a 30-year lease, beginning in 2015.

SHIRTS AND SKINNER: A finalist for the Calder Award as the NHL's top rookie, Carolina Hurricanes teen-sensation Jeff Skinner agreed to let readers of Seventeen dress him for the occasion (tonight at 7 ET on Versus). He and his family had a good laugh when reading Skinner was referred to as "The Justin Bieber of hockey."

NEVER TOO SOON FOR SNUBS: The Calder hasn't even been handed out yet (it will go to Skinner), but that doesn't stop Ricky Doyle at NESN from thinking Brad Marchand not only should have been invited, but maybe even should be the front-runner. He makes the argument, but I just don't see it. If we included playoffs, sure, but Skinner, Logan Couture and Michael Grabner all earned their spots.

PERRY GOES BLUE: Ducks star Corey Perry is in Las Vegas too as he's up for the biggest trophy of them all, the Hart. If his name isn't called for that award, at least he won't leave Vegas without making an appearance on a stage. Perry was called onto stage by the Blue Man Group and took part in their show. I was very excited to watch this video when I came across it, until I saw the footage and was left wondering what exactly Perry did. That was the equivalent of an empty-netter.

DEALIN' DAYS OF SUMMER: This is always a busy time for trades across the NHL, what with the draft on the docket and all. One team that could be an active participant is the Blue Jackets. The Columbus Dispatch says GM Scott Howson is surprised at some of the names available, and it would be wise for him to look at trades since the team's needs are plentiful.

NOT SMITTEN FOR SMYTH: There's been some debate on whether Kings forward Ryan Smyth asked L.A. for a trade to Edmonton, where he began and played most of his career. Smyth himself denied it, but media sources like Bob McKenzie of TSN wouldn't back off their reports. John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal says it shouldn't matter; Smyth isn't a good fit for the rebuilding club anyway.

TRADE TRACKER: Trying to remember who exactly your team traded to get that backup goalie in November? Want to forget that organization-crippling move your GM made? Here's a handy, dandy look at all the NHL trades made last season, thanks to hockeyinsideout.com.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 4:59 pm

Report: Jagr reaches out to Penguins about return

First it was the Detroit Red Wings. Now forward Jaromir Jagr has apparently reached out to his longtime team the Pittsburgh Penguins, too.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Monday that Jagr's camp got in touch with the Penguins about possibly returning for another season. Jagr has been playing in the KHL the last three seasons, but has shown serious interest in coming back to the NHL. Part of the reason is because of financial issues with his Avangard Omsk team. That doesn't mean he won't return to the KHL, but he is showing sincere interest in coming back to North America.

Now at the ripe old age of 39, Jagr still managed a point per game last season.

This summer the Penguins will have a bit of a reunion in the 20th anniversary of their 1991 Stanley Cup champion team, to which Jagr had already been invited.

Just last week it was reported Jagr had also approached the Red Wings about playing in Detroit for next season. The short list for Jagr has been rumored to contain the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in addition to the Pens and Wings, but as of now it appears to just be two with signs pointing toward Detroit being the leader ... until he contacts the next in line.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 16, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:35 pm

Jagr's agent reportedly contacts Red Wings

After the World Championships, we talked about the possibility of Jaromir Jagr returning to the NHL and listed some potential suitors. Well we missed on one: the Detroit Red Wings.

According to the Detroit News, Jagr's agent Petr Svoboda got in touch with the Wings to expresses Jagr's interest in signing there when free agency opens on July 1.

Jagr, 39, has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League the last three seasons but is said to want to finish his career back in the NHL. Financial issues with his Avangard Omsk team also hasten a return to North America.

In addition to Detroit, old teams in the Penguins and Rangers as well as the Canadiens are also said to be on the short list.

At this point in his career, Jagr won't command a big salary, so it could be a nice risk/reward signing for some team. He did score 19 goals with 31 assists in 49 games in the KHL last season. Throw him onto a veteran team like Detroit and he might fit in nicely and be a missing piece of sorts.

Either way, it now looks like a sure thing Jagr will be back in the NHL. Now we'll just have to wait to find where along with the rest of the unrestricted free agents.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 7:01 pm

Potential landing spots for Jagr in NHL

Every offseason since he left for the KHL, rumors constantly swirl in the summer surrounding the possibility of Jaromir Jagr returning to North America.

After his hat trick for the Czech Republic in its shutout of the USA today, the talk is quickly starting again. Now keep in mind, Jagr hasn't played in the NHL for three seasons. So at this point the talk about him coming back could be like years past and just Wild talk from hopeful fans looking for a veteran who might still have some gas in the tank. But he doesn't have a contract right now.

As he told Yahoo! earlier this week:

"I have to see. There is time. I haven't thought about it. My contract just ended, and if I have a good offer [from Avangard] I will certainly consider it. Maybe some other teams will make me offers. As for the NHL, we'll see. I think that if I want to play in the NHL, I will come and I will be able to play in the NHL. I am not saying I will play on the first line, but I will be able to play."

So if he were to return to the NHL, who would be a fit?

Pittsburgh Penguins: There's obviously plenty of nostalgia that could lure him back to Pittsburgh. Plus, once Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are back at full strength, the Pens are instant contenders for the Cup. The Penguins wouldn't need a ton of production, so it could be a nice ease-in situation for him to come back to and not be asked to do too much at this stage of his career. This would seem to be the most likely. Per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: This likely play out with #Jagr staying in #KHL; #Pens working him back into franchise fold then retiring no. 68, I'm told.

Montreal Canadiens: The Habs make the list because a recent report out of Montreal said the Canadiens would be on Jagr's short list of teams. Part of the allure could be joining fellow Czech Tomas Plekanec, helping Montreal take the next step. The Habs have been getting closer the past few seasons to being a true contender in the East. While Jagr's goal totals are declining, he can still score and is a very capable player, even at 40. He could help them get over the hump.

New York Rangers: The last team he played for in the NHL, New York could certainly be in play. If he were to go to the Rangers, it would likely be for familiarity reasons as much as anything else. He would be brought in with the hopes of being a somewhat significant contributor as the Rangers are a little deficient these days in offensive production.

Washington Capitals: The other team Jagr spent time with in his career, he might be a nice fit back in the Capital. Much as is the case with the Penguins, Jagr wouldn't be called upon to be a big-time contributor. But if there's any team that could benefit from an experienced veteran to help come playoff time, it's Washington. Perhaps he could help the Caps get the postseason monkey off their backs. Of course, you wonder if there would be any ill will between Jagr and Alex Ovechkin after this big hit in the Olympics.

Edmonton Oilers: There was a lot of talk a year or two ago that Jagr could be headed to play in Alberta, but obviously that didn't happen. However, because the team showed serious interest in him then, he might keep that in mind and consider the Oilers. What makes me doubt it is the team isn't anywhere near close to winning and you expect a guy like Jagr to come back with winning a Stanley Cup in mind.

Of course there are a lot more teams that could use a talented vet like Jagr, but you would have to assume these would be the favorites. But since we don't even know right now if he'll return, this is nothing but speculation.

-- Brian Stubits
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