Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sounds Like Jagr Will Be Signing In Pittsburgh

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It looks like Jaromir Jagr who last played on this side of the pond with the New York Rangers in 2007-08 will be returning to the NHL for at least one more season. Jagr has been rumored to be returning to the NHL several times since bolting to the KHL three seasons ago.

Last week the rumor mill once again started spinning as Jagr's agent said that Jagr wanted to return to the NHL and was interested in five potential teams. The Rangers were rumored to be one of the five teams (who I doubt returned much interest) and the Penguins and Red Wings are also believed to be amongst Jagr's short list of teams he'd be willing to play for.

Today the story got more attention when it was reported that Jagr was flying into New York from Europe and would make his announcement regarding where he'd play next season once State side. It's believed that it's now down to the Penguins and the Red Wings.

Mike Brophy of Sportsnet is reporting:
Hearing Jagr has signed with Pens, but not confirmed yet
It won't come as a surprise to me if Jagr does sign in Pittsburgh for a year with a salary somewhere in the $2M-$2.5M range.

I'm not a Penguins fan by any means but I have to admit I am interested to see a possible Sidney Crsoby/Jaromir Jagr combination. Jagr had his best years in Pittburgh playing alongside Mario Lemieux and now he'll have a shot at riding shotgun to Crosby. Crosby also had a chance to play with Lemieux during his rookie season in the NHL in 2005-06.

It looks like Jaromir Jagr will be padding his Hall of Fame career with at least one more season in Steel town. Jagr returns with 646 goals and 1599 points.

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