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Heel turn: Flyers sign Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $3.3 million

Jul 1, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

Jaromir Jagr is back in the NHL and he’ll be playing his home games in the state of Pennsylvania once again, but not in Pittsburgh. The Flyers and GM Paul Holmgren locked up Jagr to a one-year deal to join the team. After an overactive last week that saw the Flyers deal off star centers Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, it’ll be a future Hall of Famer in Jagr that comes in to try and help bring the Flyers to the Stanley Cup.

The wild part about Jagr’s deal is that it’s worth $3.3 million for the year. After being away from the NHL for the past three years playing in the KHL with Avangard Omsk, Jagr decided it was time to come back to North America and make a run at the Cup once again. After being courted heavily by Pittsburgh and Detroit only to see them pull back their offers before free agency got under way this afternoon, Jagr was left to sort through a reported host of other offers.

Jagr won’t be the dynamic superstar that he was while he played with the Penguins in the 1990s but with the depth the Flyers have, he’ll be able to make his place on the power play and be able to pick his moments playing with the likes of Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere. Jagr at this point in his career is a purely offensive player and playing under coach Peter Laviolette he’ll get the freedom to do what he has to do to score.

Seeing Jagr in Flyers orange and black will be a stunning sight and given how things went in negotiations with the Penguins, all Flyers-Pens games are going to be must-see games. Making things all the more interesting is that the Flyers will be taking part in the Winter Classic and that means being on HBO’s 24/7. You’ll probably want to be dialed in for when the Flyers make their first appearance in Pittsburgh on December 29. We’ll just set the DVR right now for that one.

  1. virusgvr - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    This guy can officially blow me!

  2. miketoasty - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Being from Pittsburgh this is such a major slap in the face.

    Your heart is in Pittsburgh? Well apparently an extra $1 million causes you to join our biggest rival. Can’t wait till you come back to Pittsburgh so Orpik can knock you into the 4th row.

    • bcjim - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      I hope someone here in DC will have him similarly marked.

  3. dcent87 - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    What ur trying to say is u can’t wait for him to come and get a hat trick ….shitsburg

    • miketoasty - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Actually its Pittsburgh I think you need to get a spellcheck or something. Wow yea first off you definitely need a spell check.

      And, why would I wait for him to come and get a hat trick? He ditched our team I have no reason to hope for anything good to happen to him. You are actual quite the neanderthal.

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    what a joke. showing his true colors i guess. money talks. he will get plenty of boos from the pittsburgh faithful i suspect…i know he will hear one from me.

    • psujay - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      The Pittsburgh faithful?? The ones who went bankrupt twice in the past 12 NHL seasons? I’m sure Jagr will be hurt by both members of the true Pittsburgh faithful, and won’t care about the other 18,000 fairweather fans in the arena.

      • miketoasty - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Yawn, keep hating. What are you a Thrashers fan?

        Haters gunna hate.

      • psujay - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM


      • jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        which franchise are you talking about? the franchise that just built a new arena? sounded like you were talking about washington there for a second with the fairweather fans comment…you must not have ever been to pittsburgh

  5. tharealest0431 - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    God do i love the pittsburgh haters. Anytime i need a good laugh i look at your stupid comments. your all just jealous we got the best sports city, get over it! Jagrs a joke, the flyers are a joke and the haters are an even bigger joke. thanks again for the laugh.

    • rjb23 - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      How have those last 2 decades of baseball been for you?

      • memphisyinzer - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        Not nearly as nice as the last 2 decades of Football and Hockey, but they are finally improving. How have those Eagles been doing? Polishing the Super Bowl Trophies? I didn’t think so. How many cups in the last two decades for those Flyers? Surely the 76ers have brought you a lot of happiness though. No? My bad.

        In your ear.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      “we got the best sports city”

      I hate to admit this, but Boston’s got you beat right now. And it’s not even close. But congrats on having a baseball team that may break .500 finally.

  6. memphisyinzer - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Hey Phillie……. I only hope that he was kissing you while he was screwing you !!! 3.3 meg for a washed up old man….. The Pens and Caps should be kicked in the butt for bidding on him at the prices they offered. But, at least the don’t have to worry about getting pregnant.

  7. dbick - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    lol pittsburgh, U mad?

    But seriously, I was iffy on this signing when it first happened. But after seeing Leino go to Buffalo and getting very overpaid, this signing is fantastic. He was still a PPG player in Russia and at the very least should be able to match Leino’s production at over a million bucks cheaper. Good signing by Holmgren.

  8. tharealest0431 - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    haha thats good. last time i checked the buckos got 5 world series. but how bout those 6 lombardi’s? how many does ur team have buddy? awwww if i were u id be mad too, its gonna be ok :)

    • dbick - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      ugh. Pirates last world series was 30+ years ago, they are probably one of the worst run franchises in all of sports. You cannot gloat about multiple championships if they happened before color tv was prominent. It’s like yankee fans screaming about 27 world championships when they’ve been alive for about 5 of them.

  9. chefklm - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    @ therealistpieceofsh*t

    The Flyers a joke? Well punking out the Penguins last season what does that make your pathetic excuse of a hockey franchise?

    Second worse waste of a carbon based life form is a Shittsburgh homer. (first is obviously a Dallass one.)

  10. hsllaura - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    To all you haters out there!

    Jagr is HOT at 39 y/o and can still probably skate circles around those young guys! Even though I’m a Ranger fan, I’ll at least watch him – hell, I might even fly up to Philly to check him out LIVE!!! I’ll bet it was a woman who made the decision to sign him so he can bring in more women to watch the games – BRILLIANT marketing!!! He’ll just do his thing & show the youngsters how it’s done at his ripe old age of 39!!!

  11. tharealest0431 - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    dear chefkillmyself,

    u just made my night bro! the pirates have been the weak link lately but who cares? we get to spend more time with stanley an lombardi than ur city so be mad….very very mad haha. the future is lookin great for the steelers an pens (even wo pos jagr) ur clown flyers can have him!

    goodluck this season wo carter an richards (what a dumb move!) u can sure rip on the buckos but they took 2 outta 3 against ur phillys haha id be mad too :) have a wonderful night

  12. chefklm - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    @ therealistmoron

    Wow, how pathetic a life you must have when a posting makes your day. That difficult for you to find human companionship?

    But seriously, thanks for proving my point about the typical Shittsburgh fan. Obviously you only care when your team wins, but wait! 4 outta 6 loses to the Flyers, continued domination by the Phillies against that minor league club known as the Pirates and finally last I checked the Eagles treated the Steelers like Rothlisburger treats a drunken college girl.

    So go on and continue to embarrass yourself bandwagon jumping homer. And don’t worry, unlike you I’ll have a great night out. Enjoy mommy & daddy’s basement. Or as you call it, your apartment.

  13. tharealest0431 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    haha nothing u just said makes any sense. firstly my personal life has nothing to do with sports talk so you need to shut ur mouth bout that. with ur ramblings above u just proved ur nothing but a hater. i bet it makes you feel good that ur teams beat us here an there, its all good. BUT it must make u soooo mad thinkin bout all the championships our teams have won compared to urs. wow ur flyers had the upper hand last year but think bout this hotshot: no crosby or malkin the whole 2nd half of the season and even more injuries than that but we still finished with the same amount of points at the end of the season as ur clowns. the flyers are a joke trading away their best 2 centers and getting captain jagr, goodluck with it! oh and to mention im a bandwagon fan is hilarious…u dont know me, how many years ive followed MY sports teams or how many girls ive slept with so once again shut ur fn mouth. last time replying to this post, wen any of ur teams wen a championship we’ll talk again :) but i doubt it will happen in our lifetime :) :)

  14. chefklm - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Struck a nerve didn’t I kid? I don’ t need to know you personally to figure out you’re a blowhard homer who can’ t deal with the truth.

    So come to Harrisburg Pa and shut me up punk. But like you said, we won’t meet. Like most all Shittsburgh idiots, you’re all talk kid.

  15. flavadave10 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    So… what exactly is he getting paid $3 million to do? Unless he’s teaching everyone how to grow epic hockey hair, I can’t think of much else I would pay Jagr $3 million to do at this point.

  16. morebrutalthanyou - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    As a Colorado man who lived in that shit hole pitt for a year I can safely say pitt fans are the absolute worst. I don’t really blame them, Pitt is the most depressing place on earth.

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