Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jagr Rumour Update: All But Gone

Various internet reports - most notably from Pierre LeBrun - have the Jaromir Jagr camp on the verge of making a decision as to where he'll play in 2011-12. It seems he has all but settled on a return to the NHL, and according to his agent, narrowed his focus to three teams: the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a third option he preferred not to name. Based on earlier reports from Jagr's agent Petr Svoboda himself, Pierre Gauthier showed little interest initially, meaning that third team is likely NOT the Montreal Canadiens. LeBrun adds that Pittsburgh is only willing to pay a very minimal price for Jagr, likely below the $2.5M he seeks (in the neighbourhood of $1M for 1 year).

A little disappointing to me as a Habs fan, but if Gauthier feels Jagr doesn't fit into his plans, I will have faith that he has something better in mind. One of the main advantages to signing him would have been that it'll likely be a 1 year deal, which means you are free to look at other options next summer. If Montreal's plans involved pending UFAs like Brooks Laich or Erik Cole, they will in all likelihood be looking for a longer term commitment, tying up valuable cap space into the future.

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