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Hurricanes, Jagr might have mutual interest

Jul 11, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

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Last week Jaromir Jagr‘s agent, Petr Svoboda, said that there were three teams that are “very interested” in his client’s services.

Now Svoboda is suggesting that list has expanded and Jagr is still in the process of evaluating his options. Previous reported indicated that Montreal is one of his potential destinations while the Buffalo Sabres are not. Now it looks like the Carolina Hurricanes might also be in the mix.

“What I can tell you is this: Carolina was on his list,” Svoboda said, according to “What the reason is, he knows better than me. He’s not 20. He knows where he wants to go and why. …

“There are a lot of reasons. Ron Francis is there, and when he looks at the roster and everything else, he feels that it’s a very good team.”

It’s not clear if the Hurricanes are interested in Jagr, but Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford recently indicated to 99.9 The Fan that there’s an “upper-tier” free agent he’s been looking to clear a roster spot for.

“There’s one guy that has said he will take less, and a one-year contract, to come to us because he likes our team and he’d like to play here,” Rutherford said. “And I’ve been continuing to work on ways to do that. We’re going to have to move a player out before we’re able to add a player. And at this point in time I haven’t been able to do it, but the player is still waiting patiently.”

At any rate, Jagr isn’t operating on anyone else’s timetable when it comes to picking his next destination. Svoboda said his client might sign soon, but he also left the door open to this process dragging into August.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    ***ebay auction***
    |Newly listed| 41 year old Jaromir Jagr
    ^Note to Buyer: Must pay top dollar for services

    • slysipops - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      41 year old has to become 42 soon ! might need oxygen at the bench…he looked in need of it with the shortened season…..what would 78 games bring ?

  2. lonespeed - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    As a ‘Cane fan….no thanks.

    • chazxcore - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Wow. Why?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        ya man. why are you a canes fan? fill us in.

    • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      They do exist 😮

  3. letsgopens8771 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Wow! First the Buffalo rumors, then the Carolina rumors? Jeez, I thought Jags wanted to go to a team where he can make a deep playoff run, let alone MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.

    • micklethepickle - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      It should be obvious to anyone by now that Jagr is all about the benjamins… straight balla’ ya’ll. Actually, I’m sure he just knows that his window as a professional athlete is quickly closing, and he needs enough money in his bank account to handle his massive gambling problem.

      Otherwise, in a few years we may be hearing about “Former NHL standout, Jaromir Jagr, had both of his legs broken by a loan shark in relation to unpaid gambling debts…” Somehow I doubt his playing into his 40s is at all related to his love of the game (like Selanne or Lidstrom), and more to do with his addiction.

      • x985 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Wow, what a douchebag you are. Jagr has made more than $100 million in his career, but now he desperately needs another $3 million, because he gambled away $1 million 10 years ago. LOL.

      • micklethepickle - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Well, considering Jagr is, what, 41 years old, he should live another 30 years minimum barring unexpected accidents. That $100 mil (assuming he still has it) is a lot to me and you, but people have blown far more in shorter amounts of time. Not to mention his ties to the gambling biz are still obviously tight (see my comment below). Something tells me that Jagr would still happily be playing in the Euro leagues/managing the team he owns if money was no issue.

      • x985 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        That’s your proof Jagr is gambling? Sazka is sponsoring his team HC Kladno and he agreed to be in their commercials in return. But they probably forced him to do the commercials, because he owes them gambling money and he’s so broke he can’t pay them back, right?

  4. thailer35 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    The canes should make the playoffs with no problem if Ward can stay healthy.

    • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      and build a time machine to go back to 2006? Flyers, Penguins, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Capitals, Blue Jackets. Which 4 are the Hurricanes better than?

  5. pastabelly - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Talented, but the gas tank is just about empty and he was exposed in the playoffs.

  6. girouxed - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    That gambling thing was a long time ago, plus shut up about that

    • micklethepickle - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      You’re right, he’s done nothing in the last few years that would give anyone the impression that he’s AT ALL involved in gambling… except…. oh, right, the commercial agreement he has with a gambling service –

      • girouxed - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        So that means he has a gambling problem?

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Typical Philly nutswinger. It’s not like he won a cup with Philly or anything.

      • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        nutswinger? really?

  7. ashtongronholz8 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    No but he’s still one of the best players of all time and a good role model to have on a team. Watch hockey much?

  8. spochiefsfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Canes definitely have a solid shot at the playoffs of Ward is healthy. There’s quite a bit of talent on that team.
    Plus, Francis is the man!!

    • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      The Canes are in the Atlantic now. Get used to being on the outside looking in. No more 3rd seed with the 9th most points in the East.

  9. slysipops - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    alright , in all honesty… he was good in some ways and so-so in other game aspects last year.was he a SUPERSTAR ….yeah IS HE A SUPERSTAR …not anymore ! is he worth all the picking and choosing he’s hyping up ….NO ! is he worth $3 mil a season… not compared to some players not making that much

  10. slysipops - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    remember MICHEAL JORDAN making an a$$ out of himself, pretending to be a MLB player, while taking the spot some deserving kid should have had ? just for his name and the hype going with it !

    • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Yeah that was crazy. Remember how Michael Jordan wasn’t one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game? And remember how Michael Jordan wasn’t starting for a World Series team the year before? And remember how Michael Jordan never made it past AA?

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