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Jaromir Jagr got 21 offers on Sunday

Jul 1, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr became an unrestricted free agent on Sunday and it looks like he’s in no rush to ink a new contract. That’s understandable, considering how many teams he has to pick from.

“He got 21 offers; I’m not kidding,” said agent Petr Svoboda, according to CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio. Svoboda added that Jagr might still end up re-signing with the Philadelphia Flyers.

After spending three seasons in the KHL, Jagr made an impressive comeback last season. He scored 19 goals and 54 points in 73 contests with the Flyers.

At the same time, he dealt with leg and groin issues in 2011-12 and he turned 40 in February. So he’s a risk going forward and probably shouldn’t be regarded as much more than a good second liner.

Still, clearly there are plenty of teams eager to get him and that’s not surprising given his experience and how thin this UFA market is. Plus the prospect of having Jagr potentially finish his career in their city has to appeal to some owners and GMs.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say the pens were 1 of the 9 teams to not offer him a contract.

    • romandenari - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Hope he resigns with Flyers…they need each other like ponds attract scum.

  2. hockeyd40 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I heard flyers didn’t offer him a contract

  3. icdogg - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Says his agent.

    Don’t you know better not to believe what agents say?

    • sizzle299 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      The whole world should know better than to believe what Tim Panaccio says. He’s a hack loser “reporter” that invents catchy headlines with no concept of actually reporting the real stories. All that Rick Nash nonsense that came back up recently…..FALSE…..To readers of this site who don’t know about this moron……. if he’s the source, it’s probably fabricated.

  4. ndrick731 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    That is so much BS. Unless he is counting khl and minor league teams. He was useful for about 40 games and then wore out.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Lots of beer league teams with needs to fill this offseason, many teams even offered to waive his entry fee.

    • benzoids - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      “Jagr got 21 offers”….he probably had 21 offers to play a poker game, or to blow his $$ some other way. I wouldn’t believe anything coming out of Svoboda’s mouth.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Dear Jagr, Minnesota seems to like older players (see Brett Favre and Jim Thome). Come here so we can add you to that list!

    P.S. both played well for at least 1 year too.

  6. zaksyuk - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    welcome to detroit

    • killerpgh - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      This is the same agent the told the Penguins his was going to sign a contract with the Penguins last year. F him and whatever nonsense he is putting out.

  7. GenoPringles - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Jagr got 21 teams and this is my first n only name ever on PHT. Soupcan + Pariese = dynasty

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      First off you should learn to spell his name if you’re trumpeting him for your team but you’re also missing several parts of the equation: + a few more defensmen + a goalie who isn’t mediocre + several depth players who will apparently play for free + Cindy not ever getting hit again + Malkin agreeing to stay in Pittsburgh = maybe one more cup.

  8. rca26 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Surprising. I wonder which 5 KHL teams didn’t want him.

  9. stakex - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Reading the comments on here you would think Jagr didn’t score a point last season. In fact, he scores just five points less then Rick Nash did last season. Sure he might have been playing with a more talented cast, but he still scored them. Like him or hate him the guy can still play, and if he can get himself in a bit better shape this season he could be just as productive as he was last season.

    The reason 21 teams have shown interest is simple: Hes not likely to cost more then $3-4 million a season and might be good for 40-50 points… plus a ton of veteran experience. Could he end up hurt most of the season and be a flop? Sure, but the up side is worth the risk apparently.

    Hell, Id be happy to see Jagr sign with the Rangers. He might not fit in that great with their young cast, but he could help add a little pop to their power play. Not to mention I think a Richards/Gaborik/Jagr line could be very entertaining to watch.

    • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Jagr had some good seasons in New York. Maybe they should bring back Nylander and Straka, too?

      I bet you could add the Caps to the list of Flyers and Pens that wanted nothing to do with him….but, hell, I’d forgive if he actually gave a s–t this time around.

  10. silverdeer - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I didn’t realize that there were going to possibly be that many coaching vacancies.

  11. raoool - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    be great to see him back in Philly

  12. sergio408 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Come on down to San Jose

  13. jimw81 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Panaccio’s story got slammed on twitter. it’s not true. jagr isn’t coming back to flyers.

  14. steelpenguin71 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    The guy was a great player but now he’s a cherry picker. On a few teams he may be perfect but on most teams he’d probably be just taking up a roster spot and cap room. After playing with the best player in the world for two weeks he may just have to go back to the KHL where he’d be the man all by himself again.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Actually the offside rule makes cherry picking impossible. Giving him breakaways and getting schooled means your defense sucks.

      And he played with the best player in the world for a whole season…..for the record.

  15. romandenari - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Jagr wants outta Philly cause he said he’s dying there…this time he’s probably right.

  16. jfullan89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I don’t doubt that if the price is right jagr would be an asset to any team

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