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Penguins make official contract offer to Jaromir Jagr

Jun 28, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

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The race to bring Jaromir Jagr back to the NHL after being away from the league for the past three seasons has officially reached a fever pitch. With both the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins expressing the most interest in the 39 year-old future Hall of Famer the competition to see who can land him is apparently fierce and now his former team in Pittsburgh has made the first move.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports tonight that the Penguins have made a one-year offer to Jagr to bring him back to Pittsburgh for the first time since the end of the 2000-2001 season.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero confirmed this evening that he has offered free agent right winger Jaromir Jagr a one-year contract — he declined to divulge the financial aspects of the proposal — and said he expect to learn Wednesday whether Jagr will accept it.

“We feel from the information we have and after seeing at world championships, that he’s a guy who might be able to help us this coming season,” Shero said. “We feel he’s a guy who could help us this year, and retire as a Penguin.”

Shero setting things up to be decided tomorrow helps him and the Penguins better prepare for what will be a busy, but lackluster free agent kick off party on Friday afternoon. If Jagr’s interests lie elsewhere be it in Detroit or somewhere else, then the Penguins can get over the hysteria that’s gripped Pittsburgh wondering if the legendary winger who helped the Penguins to two Stanley Cups in the early 90s will return or not.

The worth of the offer is unknown for now but Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi reports that the offer could be around $2 million for the season. That might sound a bit high for a guy who’s been out of the NHL for three seasons and is 39 years-old, but if used properly and accompanied by the right linemates Jagr could be very productive. With guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh or Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit, Jagr would be right at home with some of the best players in the NHL.

It’s unknown when or if Detroit’s GM Ken Holland will jump into the fray, but for now and through tomorrow, Jagrwatch is on big time in Pittsburgh.

  1. capsrockva - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    God I hope he doesn’t accept the deal he has been a pain to the Caps

    • jpelle82 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      why would you care? penguins arent in the same division as the caps. wouldnt even matter unless they meet in the playoffs and we all know the caps choke in the playoffs anyway

  2. tharealest0431 - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    The biggest pain to the caps is the playoffs….chokers haha

  3. chefklm - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    This is such a joke, I’d love to see Pronger and Carcillo check Jagr into oblivion.

    • miketoasty - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      Too bad the Flyers already said they are not going to resign Carcillo. So being as Pronger is always injured, Jags should have no trouble flying around the Flyers.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      do you even watch hockey? did you not see him in the world championships? at 39 he is bigger and faster than most of the entire atlantic division

    • yuckygeo - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      The joke being Pronger or Carcillo?

  4. bigbear42 - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Jagr with Neal and Crosby could be a very effective line, or if Neal continues to play the way he did after joining the Pens and Jagr plays like Kovalev did, this could be a disaster. Either way, you have to give the Pens credit, whether you hate them or not, for attempting to address their biggest problem: wingers to compliment their very talented centers.

  5. bcjim - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    After the “effort” he put forth as a Capital, he should be embarrassed to set foot on American soil. I hope they sign some loser thug to just go Trevor Gilles on Jagr when they play.

    • cmutimmah - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Effort? He was a point per game guy for the Caps still… what the hell did you expect from him?

      • bcjim - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        He could sleepwalk to a point a game. In fact, I think that’s what he did. 31, 36, 16, 15g…Those are not Jagr numbers, yet they were Jagr’s numbers.

    • tk1966 - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      …and the award for stupidest comment goes to… bcjim! Congratulations for your totally ignorant want of goonish behavior and abject violence in a non-hockey manner. In a day when hockey is looking at how to eliminate the unnecessary violence, especially the lingering effects of head shots and concussions, it is refreshing to see that some still want to keep unskilled players (players? its hard to use the word player and Gilles in the same sentence without laughing) around for just those purposes. Way to go!

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