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Jagr flirting with Montreal once again

Jul 6, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Sharp AP

It’s not really free agency time until Jaromir Jagr starts his courtship with the Montreal Canadiens. We can now say that it’s all really finally underway.

Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports reports (in French) Jagr and the Habs are again spending time chatting this summer and it’s possible he could wind up signing with the Canadiens. His agent Petr Svoboda says Montreal is a place Jagr loves (poor translation ahead).

“Jaromir always wanted play in Montreal,” insisted Svoboda. “We discussed with [CEO] Marc Bergevin yesterday. The interest is mutual, but the decision is now up to the Canadiens.”

Jagr flirting with the Habs is nothing new as they’re a team that’s come up each of the previous two summers in free agency. He of course signed with Philadelphia two years ago and Dallas last year before winding up in Boston at the trade deadline.

At 41 years-old he’s still got some game left in him and reuniting him with fellow Czech Republic star Tomas Plekanec might do wonders for both of them.

  1. georgejarkko - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Perfect fit imo

  2. mustangmach - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Please sign him, Montreal. Nothing like hanging an anchor onto an otherwise fast team.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I wonder when this eBay auction will end lol

  4. drewzducks - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    He’s way too tall for them.

  5. amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I was actually hoping the Bruins would give Jagr a shot in Boston for a full season but they opted for Iginla instead. Jagr is smart enough to make up for lack of speed with his insanely good puck control skills and strong board play. Backchecking is a concern though. He is a character in his interviews and hard not to like.

    I’m not sure what all the fuss is about with Iginla and the Bruins brass but maybe they have a plan for him. He was invisible during the Penguins/Bruins series, but then again, so weren’t the rest of the Penguins.

    I guess Iginla figures, “if you can’t beat’em, join them!”

    Show what you got Iggy.

    • orangandblack - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      This article was about Jagr and Montreal….

  6. Lou Gagliardi - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Notice how he “always wanted to play in Pittsburgh” then it was Washington, then he went back to the Czech Republic (due to unpaid gambling) then he “always” wanted to play in Philly, despite overtures by Pittsburgh. Then it was Dallas, then it was Boston, now Montreal.

    Jagr is the Favre of the NHL.

    • Habib Marwan - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Minus the pain meds , or the sexual harassment of female team employees . ….

      Nah I like Jagr , always have always will … the NHL misses the old guard like him… I think a few years back the time he spent with the NYR gave this guy life again in hockey, and then he rededicated himself even more while playing overseas.

      Hope this HOF first class player finds a team again.

      • Lou Gagliardi - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        He’s hardly a HOF first class unless it’s for gambling.

        He should just give it a rest and realize he’s washed up and his mullet isn’t cool anymore. This isn’t 1991.

      • Habib Marwan - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        and you’re an idiot that obviously has bitter feelings towards one of the greatest forwards in the history of the sport

      • Lou Gagliardi - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        one of the greatest forwards my ass.

        One of the greatest losers of his money maybe.

        The only reason he’s playing is because he needed to make money to pay back gambling bets.

      • Habib Marwan - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Lou get some help for your anger.. and while you’re at it, research some hockey too, cause you know nothing about it obviously.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        I could care less why this future first ballot HOF’er is still playing. No one could stickhandle and dangle a puck like Jagr in his prime.

        Gagliardi seems quite bitter and I’m guessing it’s because Jagr spurned his team and probably beat them many times over the years.

        These records are as of the end of the 2011–12 season.

        Most career game-winning goals – 118 (tied with Phil Esposito, set by Jagr on April 21, 2013)
        Most single-season points by a right wing – 149
        Most single-season points by a European-born player – 149
        Most career overtime goals – 17
        Most career goals by a European-born player – 681
        Most career assists by a European-born player – 1,007
        Most career points by a European-born player – 1,688
        Most career game-winning goals by a European-born player – 118
        Most career game-tying goals by a European-born player – 11 (Tied with Teemu Selanne)
        Most career shots on goal by a European-born player – 4,849
        Most career playoff game-winning goals by a European-born player – 16
        Most consecutive 30-goal seasons (1991–2007) – 15 (Shared with Mike Gartner, including the shortened 1994–95 NHL season, 48 games)
        Most consecutive 70-point seasons (15) (including the shortened 1994–95 NHL season, 48 games)
        Longest drought between Stanley Cup Finals appearances- 21 years
        Only player to play in the Stanley Cup Finals as a teenager and at 40+ years of age

  7. isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Better not sign somewhere else or they’ll boo you every time you touch the puck

  8. houseof666 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Bruins have no room for jagr… Iginla, Eriksson and the big contracts of rask and Bergeron. Anything else they do will be minor deals.

  9. amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    My brother said to me at a Bruins game, “Omg, he’s so slow, he skates like a giant turtle out there.”

    So from then on I starting kidding him and called Jagr “Gamera.”

    “Gamera! Come save us!”

    As mentioned above, I began to see that although speed isn’t a part of his game anymore, he still can contribute to a team with his other skills. Pity he couldn’t find the back of the net a little more, but he did really help the Bruins powerplay.

  10. mattyo99 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    He’s slow because he’s 41yrs old

  11. Habib Marwan - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    funny how he’s called slow, but yet he always finds the puck and the puck always finds the tape of his stick blade… he can still dish off alot of assists and get himself in position to score some goals

  12. dumbassgreg - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    do to his gambling issues. jagr will sign with whoever offers most cash. montreal,edmonton,khl, men’s league in thunder bay ontario.

  13. theskinsman - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Jagr will be on the ice in a power wheelchair slowly turning in circles until the other team takes the puck away from him…if teams keep signing him. Watching him is like watching Willie Mays his last season. Painful.

  14. FoozieGrooler - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    ..retire already, useless ruskie prick…

    • valoisvipers - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      You are a real tool! Jagr is a Czech, that still puts up solid numbers, is a great leader with work ethic that young punks like yourself can’t even imagine and amazes his team mates with his level of fitness and all at the ripe age of 41.

  15. frankiesweep - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    He’d fit well w/ Ribeiro as a Desert Dawg!

  16. andyreidisfat - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    If he was willing to sign for vet min I would love to have him back on the flyers. When positioned on a line with high skill players where jagr can work the corners he is still very valuable, even if his skating isn’t the best anymore.

    I think if you pair him up with Danny b and a nice LW he can be really good for Montreal.

    Anyone saying jagr “needs to retire” is just silly. The guy can still play. Though I think he fits best on a team that can sit him 20-30 games during the season so he is still fresh come playoffs when you really need him.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      While I’ve always been a fan of his and his game, it is time for him to retire. He can’t play at the NHL level anymore and the playoffs proved that. The Bruins could have used him in the playoffs, but he didn’t show up.

      Montreal does not need another old, slow veteran; they just signed Briere, that’s enough of a liability.

  17. ducksk - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Spent salmon. Time to head back to khl. Has been.

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