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Jaromir Jagr Still Looking For Work

from Michael Langr at NHL.com,

 Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday he wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to sign with an NHL team this offseason.

"The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in Czech Republic's second-tier professional league. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet."...

Jagr said if he stays in the Czech Republic, he would play for Kladno, not in Extraliga, the top league, because he would like to keep open as an option signing with an NHL team during the season.

"That would be the advantage of playing for Kladno. One thing is I would be at home and the other is I would have a chance to leave for the NHL anytime there is an opportunity," he said. "Let's say some team deals with injuries and needs help, then I could pack my stuff in the next day and go. If I played in Extraliga, I wouldn't have such an option unless the Czech league season would be over."

Jagr remains hopeful he'll sign with an NHL team, but only if the situation is right.

"Most important for me is to see some serious interest from the team. Because the more serious it is, the bigger the chance to get a better role on the team," he said. "And then it's on me how I would use that chance. Right now, I need to be ready when the opportunity comes. That's all I need to take care of now; taking care of anything else doesn't make sense."

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Nathan's avatar

I’m sure part of this is Jagr is and can be picky in this case. But I can’t help but think this is also a great example of the cap squeeze on quality veterans. Even at Jagr’s advanced age, he’s easily better than half of the forwards currently expected to skate on opening night.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/10/17 at 07:54 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

For the sake of ALL of us, someone give this guy a contract.  He’s fun to watch and have in the league.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/10/17 at 08:03 AM ET

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I’m sure we have another long term nmc somewhere we could give him

Posted by SlimChance on 08/10/17 at 11:04 AM ET

Thag's avatar

To me, it’s a no-brainer for Vegas to sign a living legend to help put the team on the map, kind of like when Hartford signed Mr. Hockey.

Posted by Thag from DC on 08/10/17 at 11:13 AM ET

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Have not seen any post from him recently on FB or Twitter. It looks like it is finally downing on him he is not what he had been in the past. Must be a very sobering moment for him, probably filled with grief and lil bit of depression. Next call he is going to receive will be an invitation from hockey hall of fame grin

Posted by tutoka on 08/11/17 at 01:39 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Have not seen any post from him recently on FB or Twitter. It looks like it is finally downing on him he is not what he had been in the past. Must be a very sobering moment for him, probably filled with grief and lil bit of depression. Next call he is going to receive will be an invitation from hockey hall of fame grin

Posted by tutoka on 08/11/17 at 02:39 AM ET

He was a 0.5 PPG player last year for a mediocre team. He was still capable of keeping up at 17 minutes of ice time per game. Obviously, at his age, the end can come swiftly when you lose that little extra that you need to keep up. But there is nothing on the stat sheet or the eyeball test—as of the end of the season—that should lead us to think Jagr isn’t still a legitimate scoring winger in the league.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/11/17 at 07:59 AM ET

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ut there is nothing on the stat sheet or the eyeball test—as of the end of the season—that should lead us to think Jagr isn’t still a legitimate scoring winger in the league.

Not to mention he can bring a lot as a mentor and voice/presence in the locker room. The guy is known for his work ethic. He’s not selfish or a prima dona. He would be a good fit on a younger team still finding its way.

He is probably being squeezed out by the cap. He probably doesn’t want to play for $1.5M and I can’t blame him. But on a one year deal, if a team has the space, there is minimal risk to paying him a bit more. He’s probably more than willing to be moved to cup contender at the deadline if it comes to that.

If he isn’t signed now don’t be surprised if cup contender comes calling around the first of the year.

I want to see him keep playing.

Posted by evileye on 08/11/17 at 08:36 AM ET

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