Recent comments by Jaromir Jagr suggesting he might consider a return to the NHL has led to speculation over possible destinations. Read on for the latest.
CTV MONTREAL: Arpon Basu reported former NHL star Jaromir Jagr recently told Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal he wouldn’t rule out a possible return to the NHL, suggesting Pittsburgh, Montreal or the NY Rangers as possibilities, though he quickly followed up by saying “I don’t know”. Basu however wondered if this isn’t a negotiating tactic by Jagr to land another contract with one of the KHL teams he’s believing to be talking to for next season. There’s a rumor Jagr supposedly offered up his services for $2 million for next season to Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, who turned him down but supposedly hasn’t fully shut the door on the possibility of signing Jagr.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Rob Rossi reports the Penguins hope to reconnect with Jagr but for legacy purposes only. The club does lack depth at right wing apart from impending free agent Tyler Kennedy, whom they’re believed to be planning to negotiate a new contract with his representative soon. Several NHL agents have expressed doubt Jagr will ever play in the NHL again, while his US-based agent Pat Brisson said he’s not sure of Jagr’s intentions for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I won’t fully dismiss the possiblity of Jagr returning to the NHL, I believe the odds are very much against it. Canadiens, Penguins and Rangers fans certainly shouldn’t get their hopes up. Like Basu, I believe Jagr’s musings about a possible return to the NHL is just his way of trying to leverage another deal out of another KHL team.