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Jersey bound? Jagr reportedly ‘inspects’ Prudential Center (Update: Agent replies)

Jul 19, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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According to Czech news outlet iSport.cz, free agent forward Jaromir Jagr was reportedly in New Jersey this week to “personally inspect” the Prudential Center, the Newark-based arena the Devils call home.

Here’s a Google translation of the iSport article:

It seems that the denouement near future Jaromir Jagr may have, as we reported yesterday iSport.cz server, the name of the New Jersey Devils. It is to this club aimed clues and resources daily Sport.

According to one of them yesterday Czech veteran was actually personally inspect Prudential Center, the home club hall in which it operates and other Czech icon – Patrik Elias. The agreement could occur in the next few hours or days.

Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils. Perhaps over time this connection will actually be a reality. The fact that he was yesterday inspect star striker hall in which the club plays on Twitter speculated yesterday.

Someone striker spotted as in the bowels passes accompanied by Lou Lamoriello, general manager.

The move to New Jersey would make sense on a number of fronts.

One, the club could use a skill winger with some star power after Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement.

Two, New Jersey has nearly $10 million in available cap space, more than enough to make Jagr a healthy offer (the 41-year-old made $3.3 million deal in Philly in 2011-12 and $4.5 million last year in Dallas and Boston.)

Three, there’s a certain comfort level for Jagr in Jersey.

The Devils have fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky on the active roster and recently signed another Czech, Rostislav Olesz, to a one-year deal.

New Jersey also signed Jagr’s former Stars teammate, Michael Ryder, earlier this summer.

UPDATE: According to Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, would neither confirm nor deny that Jagr was in New Jersey or at the Prudential Center.

Svoboda did say there was “a possibility [Jagr] was there” on Thursday.

  1. thecheeman - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    The whole thing sounds completely unserious and unhelpful to the organization moving forward but I guess Lou will just pull out every desperate move he can to make a Stanley Cup push for Marty’s last year. Jagr’s last game in a Devils uniform would also be ridiculous. Devs are probably the one team that was the complete opposite of Jagr’s style his entire career.

    “Inspector Double-J here, I need to clean your pipes.”

    • hockey412 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Don’t forget that Jagr was traded to Boston for a couple of prospects and what ended up being a first round pick this year…now THAT is something NJ can use. If they can get him, they should take him. Whether he ends up there at the end of the year or is moved at the deadline, should be interesting.

      Either way at least they aren’t rolling over and giving up for the year.

      • thecheeman - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        I’m all for moves and I won’t mind paying to watch Jagr, but it’s not the answer. I hope the Devils and Jagr are just using each other for leverage with Brunner/SomeOtherTeam.

        I think Jagr would also be the Devils’15th forward on a one-way contract assuming Henrique gets signed. Not sure what’s going on.

    • rjkilla - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      lou needs to be thinking stanley cup this year. we don’t want to forfeit a high draft pick next year so we need to go all in and a guy like jagr is a good one year all in type option. also with all the cap space we could sign another forward or make a trade. gimme jagr and grabo lou

  2. 950003cups - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Ehh… Not so thrilled about it. That Kovy hole is gonna need a huge player. Like Jagr of 2003, not 2013.

    Maybe he was in traffic and stopped at The Rock to just use the bathroom.

    • guanacoracing - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      I agree with you…Although Jagr may be of some help, the team really needs fresh and strong legs to fill the Kovy hole…

    • stakex - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      What you are saying might be correct, but there simply is no “huge” player out there that Jersey has a chance to pick up this offseason. The free agent pool has been emptied, and the Devils don’t have much to trade with.

      So they have little choice but to patch the roster best they can with what’s actually out there. Can Jagr save the Devils offense? Of course not… but adding him would be better then doing nothing, which is exactly what the Devils will do if they hold out for a silver bullet.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        None of you guys are wrong but I think it’s a good play for they devils due to reasons stated in the article. He’s not kovalchuk and he’s not going to turn the devils into a power house and probably not even a playoff team BUT he has value at trade deadline and the devils need to rebuild with youth, compile draft picks and then they’ll at least have bullets to fire at a marquee player a team might be looking to move, if not, draft some good young players, the devils have historically drafted very well

  3. micklethepickle - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    HOLD UP – you mean Jaromir Jagr is just now interested in a team that suddenly has an unexpectedly enormous amount of cap space? I DON’T BELIEVE YOU!!!!!!!

  4. jb8383 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I respect Jagr, but there are some serious free agents that could be available after next season, let’s wait and go after one them with a serious offer. (Heatley, Vanek to name a few)

    • jb8383 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      unless we get him cheap

      • jpelle82 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        thats an oxymoron. jagr-cheap

    • stakex - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      What does signing Jagr this summer have anything to do with going after free agents next year? His last two deals have both been one season, and given his age that trend is certain to continue.

      Also, Vanek will never make it to free agency. He will be traded long before that ever happens, and it won’t be to the Devils since they don’t have anything to offer in a trade.

      • jb8383 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Ok yeah it may be a 1 year deal with Jagr. Vanek’s only going to get traded if the new team thinks they can 1. work out a long-term deal with him or 2. is trying to make a cup run otherwise why sacrifice the assets needed to swing a trade and run the risk of him leaving anyway.

      • stakex - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        A rebuilding team like Buffalo isn’t going to let the guy walk without getting something for him… its really that simple. Perhaps he will end up as nothing more then a rental player, or maybe he’ll be traded to a team he has shown interest in signing with.

        Either way, I’m not sure why Devils fans keep assuming the guy would be interested in Jersey even if he had the chance. No good player wants to abandon one sinking ship for another, and lets face it…. the Devils are bailing water right now.

      • jb8383 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        I never count the Devils out. I also think you’re wrong about Vanek but let’s agree to not agree.

    • bardown66 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Heatley as a serious free agent? im pretty sure he mailed it in. Plus he has been injury prone. wi wouldnt wish him on anybody. well….maybe back to Ottawa for some laughs.

    • nj666 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      uh 1 year deal…

  5. bardown66 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Look a it this way devil fans. If you sign him and the team flounders you could in theory turn around and deal him at the deadline for a few minor pieces. every little bit helps in a rebuilding process. Plus i doubt he will get what Dallas was dumb enough to give him.

  6. thecheeman - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    If I heard correctly, it sounds like Jagr is already making negotiations public on Facebook, something Lou hates. This should work out well.

  7. quizguy66 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Czech translations are interesting: “Someone striker spotted as in the bowels passes accompanied by Lou Lamoriello, general manager.”

    That’s a visual I did not need.

    It would be completely strange to see Jagr in a Devils jersey. That’s like some EA Sports type stuff going on there.
    -QG

    • raoool - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      babelfish or world translate can make Dr. Seuss English to English look interesting. PHT must not merit an actual translator from the NBC megaplex. (or anyone with the time / inclination to compare the results of a couple online literal translators and attempt to glean an actual message)

  8. meynbass - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Nothing against Jagr, but the Devils forechecking that got them to the Final won’t really fly with him.
    Yes, his board play is stellar but unless they get rid of offsides( or give him a Duschene sized window) I don’t see him flourishing offensively in DeBoers system. Just my 2 cents…

  9. kane987245 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Jagr is a short term solution if NJD would be able to sign him. Anyone who is saying this is a bad move or not a good enough move to make up for Kovy are dreamers because there IS NO right move at this point in time. Right now, the BEST thing the Devs could do is sign either Brunner to a short term deal, maybe two years for a good amount of money to get past the short term and into a year where they have a 1st rounder and have a better outlook on this situation and work from there or sign Jagr and hope he could produce what he did in BOS and Dallas this past year both on the scoring sheet and on the ice play making.

    If they sign Jagr with the intention of trading him at the deadline and get some pieces or a draft pick or two, they could could trade those picks and/or prospect(s) to potentially get a 1st rounder IF they want one that badly. For those who think that is crazy, considering the magic he has pulled off in the past, both bad and good, it is not TOO far-fetch in my eyes. Who knows, if he signs and he has a good year they wont have to trade him and just see how it pans out.

  10. maddog7676 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    How does Pro Hockey Talk (NBC) not care about its product image when it allows a Google Translate interpretation of a Czech article to appear in one of its postings. That thing sounds like it is almost literally a randomly generated sample of words from a dictionary. I mean, this is hilarious. All I got out of it was something about Lou checking Jagr’s bowel movements.

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