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Dreger: Jagr likes Montreal, looking for $4 million

Jul 2, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

While we’re fully embroiled the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter watches, Jaromir Jagr is busy figuring out where he wants to play next season.

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, says 21 teams contacted him about playing for them — but No. 68 has apparently set his gaze upon Montreal.

TSN’s Darren Dreger says Jagr would like to play with the Canadiens next season and wants a one-year deal worth $4 million. Jagr made $3.3 million last season with Philadelphia.

Montreal appeals to Jagr because he could play fellow Czech Tomas Plekanec — it should be noted Montreal was one of the teams that was heavily in on Jagr last season, along with Detroit, before he ultimately signed with the Flyers.

In 73 games last season, Jagr scored 19 goals and finished with 54 points. Is that worth $4 million for a season? Tough call. Jagr showed he can be productive when with the right linemates, as we saw when he played with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell during 2011-12.

  1. dhawks19 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    He doesn’t deserve more money this year than last year

  2. myspaceyourface - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Jagr likes $$$$$$$$$. He is a sell out. Always has been.

    • dhawks19 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Good word play Always has been he is a has been but he’s still a decent player

  3. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t see why anyone would want this guy on their team. The only thing he cares about is himself and how much money he makes.

  4. elemeno89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    i can think of a lot of players getting paid more for less…

  5. hitem396 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    his skill is still enough. he is old but product points.1-yr deal would be good for both

  6. rockthered1286 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Beggars can’t be chosers.

  7. drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s not whether LAST season is worth $4M–it’s whether he’s likely to post those numbers again. Given that he’ll be 41 during the season, and won’t be surrounded by stars in Montreal, $4M is probably an overpay. But then, it’s one year, so not a problem either way.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      he will get $3.5-$4 from montreal where there’s no real chance of winning anything, score 10 goals and then ride off to the casino once the season is over.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Probably, but he’ll help put butts in the seats during a lost season.

  8. icdogg - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Good player for most of the season, unfortunately slowed down a lot towards the end.

  9. mrpigs - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Looks like the Habs are continuing their joke of a off season

    • drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      They pretty much have to start over. At this point they may just need to have a rough season while their kids develop. They’ve got cap space, but there aren’t enough free agents to turn this team around this year.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        they shouldve started over by dumping gomez’s contract somehow.

  10. seanemac75 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Not suprising.

  11. stakex - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I still really don’t know why theres so much Jagr hate around here. The guy had 54 points last year, and proved he can still play. Yes he slowed down a bit at the end of the season, but thats to be expected for a guy whos 40 years old and hadn’t played in the NHL for a couple years.

    Also, why is a guy a sellout if he goes to the team that will pay him the most? I don’t get that. These guys are professioanl athleats, whos careers are only so long. I don’t blame them at all for wanting to make as much money as possible while they still can.

  12. mclovinhockey - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Montreal has had a hell of an offseason.

    Easily anyone who has seen the prospects they got in the draft (mainly round 2) that they are the team that won the draft.

    Yesterday the team added two things the team has not had in a long time, depth and size.

    Montreal will be younger, faster and a lot more stronger than that team that showed up last year. Not to mention they already had a good core, just need to shave off the huge cap hit of Gomez by sending him to the minors or Europe.

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