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Is Jagr going to test free agency?

May 10, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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Interesting tidbit here from Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi in the wake of Flyers locker clean-out day:

Jaromir Jagr was given several chances to say he wanted to return to the Flyers. He did not bite. It appears he will test the FA market.

It’s understandable that Jagr was non-committal — fellow over-40ers Nicklas Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne are also weighing their options — but the notion he would play for an NHL club other than Philly is interesting.

Jagr was, after all, the same guy that called this season “the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had,” and said he felt like crying after the Game 5 loss to New Jersey.

Mind you, No. 68 didn’t sound entirely happy with how he was utilized in Philly.

Randy Miller of the Post-Courier notes that Jagr “wants to see how the Flyers would use him before deciding to stay,” and “felt he would have been better this season if Lavvy [Peter Laviolette] had given him more ice time.”

(Jagr’s quote: “Sometimes I felt I can be better if I played a little more than I played.”)

Not surprising to hear such comments from Jagr, who tends to get his nose out of joint over perceived slights. Remember, he openly voiced displeasure after the Penguins made re-signing Tyler Kennedy a higher priority last summer, fueling speculation that was the reason he spurned Pittsburgh in favor of Philadelphia.

  1. sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    So the 40 year old with a bad groin and other “lower body injuries” wants more ice time? He better milk the rest of his playing days because i don’t see coaching in his future. Thanks for giving your best years to the pens jags but please dont come back.

    • Rick Keene - May 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Laviolette is a bad coach … I suspect sportsfreak did not play hockey and if he did – a beer league at best?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        i said jagr would be bad coach. Learn to read.

      • Rick Keene - May 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        I can read – thank you. That is why I said you never played high caliber hockey. Jagr was mis – used and the Flyers would still be playing if Laviolette coached them properly against the Pens. Instead of making sure the team paced themselves – he had the Flers going as if they were in the Stanley Cup finals. They were burnt out against the Devils – plain and simple!

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        That’s your opinion but i think your wrong. The reason I think they lost to the devils is because of martin brodeur puck handling ability along with the devils great forecheck and puck battle. Plus devils don’t participate in post while activity. That part got the pens off their game and that really played into the flyers gameplan.

      • Rick Keene - May 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        I agree with your assessment Pens – Flyers. Laviolette has taken the Flyers to two round two exits and scarily a 1 – 8 record.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM

        He also has his name on the cup and had a very young team this year. Bylsma has had 3 first round exits after his cup but you wont hear me calling for his head. If the cup was easy to win it wouldn’t feel so great when you favorite team wins it.

      • Rick Keene - May 11, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Agree …:)

  2. philly4lyfe - May 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I wouldnt be sad to see him and carle not get resigned, especially if we can get outta prongers contract too. Especially if that allows us to make a big play for suter and maybe parise or nash.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Giroux needs a raise soon. Hartnell will be due soon. Plus all those rookies on entry level deals will need new contracts. All that combined with briere and bryz contracts make getting 2 of those 3 impossible. That’s even if you could get out of prongers contract. Getting 1 of them might even be tricky.

      • maalea - May 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        If Pronger doesn’t return, his contract is moot.

        Nice try in stirring the pot but epic fail.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        his contract still counts against the cap because holmgron signed him to a long contract after he was 35 years old. If the cba passes a rule where you could bury one contract ( which their considering) they could get off the hook for that cap hit. LTIR can’t last 5 years.

    • odj810 - May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      claude giroux at under four million for another 2 years. And then he’s still an RFA. talk about a steal.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        you need steals like that when you have contracts like prongers and bryzgalovs ( just saying). Still that is robbery but in 2015 you will need 10 mill + in cap to retain him.

      • maalea - May 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        All of you Pitt fans are praying for the 1 contract dump for your overpaid defense but when it’s doom and gloom for the Flyers, that part gets pushed aside.

        BTW Briere is under contract for 3 more seasons.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        kris letang contract makes up for martin being overpaid. Michalek will earn his and the rest of the guys r pretty much spot on to their worth. No complaints here.

      • odj810 - May 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        the contract dump just isn’t going to happen get over it. I’m sure when it comes down to vote and the 50 percent of teams that don’t need a cap dump are going to be hard against helping the other teams bad managed caps. theres to many teams that wouldn’t use it and don’t want to help there opposition.

  3. alexb64 - May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    So a player that will be a free agent is noncommittal about returning to the team he’s currently under contract to? This is unprecedented. There were plenty of “Jagr loves playing in Philly” stories that came out over the course of the season, so I’m not entirely surprised to see he & his agent probably don’t want it to come across like he’ll take whatever deal Philly offers him. It also isn’t a given Philly even wants him back, worked out well for them or not the urge to get younger is always there & cheaper veterans could be available.

  4. pone27 - May 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Flyers fans are acting like he did terrible this season or something? Just because hes 40 does not mean he cant play still. Heck, him, Selanne and Lidstrom all showed they can definitely play again.

    And those above talking about injuries and what not, he played in 73 games. More games than your boy Briere, and finished with the 3rd most points on the team.

    Philly4lyfe, dont mean to sound like a ****, but you are crazy if you wouldnt mind losing Jagr and Carle. Two huge pieces for the Flyers that would be sorely missed. Parise is staying in Jersey and Suter is definitely going to take the highest dollar, wherever that is.

    Flyers are going to not have anything close to the same team they had this past season.

    • trigzter - May 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      matt “shins” carle will not be missed. especially with the raise he will ask for

  5. smushrodriguez - May 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    If the new CBA has an exemption, I would give JVR to anyone who will take Bryz and cut him. I would then use the Flyers exemption on Pronger. That would open up enough money to land Suter plus other needs.

  6. flyeredup - May 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Jagr, Simmonds, Briere out. Parise, welcome to Philly.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      briere playoff #’s make that statement look silly.

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I actually hope he and the Flyers can work something out !

  8. jagrbomb18 - May 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Simmonds and Briere out? Why?

    • obamablowz - May 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      Because he made up a name “flyeredup” to be a troll here.

      • maalea - May 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        True, He showed up the day of or the day after elimination. I’ve called him out as well. He’s a troll.

  9. couturierfellatesguys - May 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    parises too good of a human and too smart to go to filthy.

  10. flyeredup - May 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Briere (who I think is great but is 34) has to go to clear $ to sign Parise. Jagr not getting 3+ frees up money as well. I’m just not a Simmonds fan.

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - May 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    If Jags goes, they better have someone who can replace his production. And idk how any Flyers’ fan can hope for Carle to stay ha. Both him and JVR are soft players that seem to do more harm than good. I hope both are gone. The Flyers need to get bigger up front and younger on the blue. It’s easy to blame Bryz for everything but that won’t solve the other glaring holes this team has. Btw, well done Sixers!!!

  12. flyeredup - May 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Epic fail by maalea. Learn CBA rules before criticizing my posts. You must live in Camden. You give Flyers Fans a bad name. I still say move Briere for a shot at Parise or Ryan Suter. man, I miss Mike Richards.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - May 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      So you miss Richards’ ability to divide a locker room? Or put himself above the team? Or the fact that he is the captain but can’t get work with his coach? I don’t know if you are the right person to be calling out Flyers’ fans ha.

  13. steelhammer92 - May 11, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Jagr chases the highest dollar.. Why is this so difficult to understand? If a team offers more than Philly, he will be gone. If Philly offers the most again, he will stay. I know he said playing with Giroux was a factor in his decision last year, but if another team had offered a few hundred thousand more than Philly, he would have said the exact same thing about the players on whatever team he ended up with.

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