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It’s not a big signing, but very cool in the former Red Wings department, per TSN’s Darren Dreger:
Derek Meech to Wpg. 2 way contract. $700 (nhl) $105 (ahl)
Meech is from Winnipeg, so he’s going home.
The #Flyers have agreed to a contract with free agent D Andreas Lilja and signed RW Jakub Voracek to a contract extension.
Update per Paul:
3 years 1,7 per for lilja, unbelievable
What Paul said!!!
Sorry, TSN’s McKenzie nixed that report.
Awesome, per the Sporting News’s Craig Custance:
Red Wings are also out on Jagr.
Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports confirms:
As per @CraigCustance and @kausatoday, Red Wings are out on Jagr, too. Teams like Pens and Wings were going to take risk on their terms.
Update: Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that the Wings “are out on Jagr. We made an offer and he doesn’t want it, so we’re done.”
Update #2: Elegantly put, by FSD’s Art Regner:
Souces close to the team say Jagr’s camp was just too slow and too flighty, which tested the Red Wings’ patience.
Oh goody, again, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi: Jaromir Jagr remains undecided as to whether he’d be willing to sign with the Red Wings or Penguins:
General manager Ray Shero and his staff are in a meeting room at Consol Energy Center preparing for the start of NHL free agency at noon, but as of 10:45 a.m. they had not heard from Jaromir Jagr or his agent. The agent, Petr Svoboda, said that Jagr has not made a decision yet about which, if any, NHL team he will play for next season.
Jagr, 39, is likely to play in the NHL after spending three seasons in Russia, Svoboda has said. Svoboda described his morning as “very busy.” As for whether Jagr would made a decision today…
“I hope so,” Svoboda said, sounding weary.
Svoboda said Jagr remains in New York, and denied emphatically that Jagr was in or headed to Pittsburgh soon. The Penguins are one of “many teams” Svoboda said he has contacted about Jagr, and one of three known to make a one-year offer in the range of $2 million.The other teams to have made offers are Detroit and Montreal, and it is believed the Penguins` offer is the lowest, though Shero has said he believes it to be “competitive.”
Update: HOLY CRAP, per the Hockey News’s Adam Proteau:
Penguins withdraw offer to Jagr.
Shero: “we have decided to move in a different direction…never our intention to get involved in a free agent bidding war.”
The CBC’s Jeff Marek says it was a one-year, $2 mil deal.
As per @GMillerTSN, DET signs Patrick Eaves to a 3 year extension.
This deal is worth $1.2 million per season, and is very fair and affordable given what Eaves does for the Wings.
Update: The Red Wings are confirming both Eaves and Ericsson’s deals:
The Red Wings have agreed to terms with Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves. Both are three-year contracts.
Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan also confirms.
Update #3: Hmm, per the Fan 590’s Greg Brady:
Red Wings are eagerly trying to move Jiri Hudler & offered him to loads of teams (Leafs included) at the Draft. Be shocked if he’s back.
The Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms:
There’s substance to Hudler trade talk. Not a popular guy in #redwings dressing room. But they won’t give him away.
Of Red Wings-related note, and briefly so, before I scurry off to bed and prepare for what will probably be an 18-hour work day on Canada Day:
We learned on Thursday that Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, is either a genius, an evil genius, or plain old insane after he informed ESPN’s Scott Burnside and the Free Press’s Helene St. James (who’s still confirming that Jagr’s status is in limbo) that, instead of asking his client to make a decision as to whether he wishes to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins or Detroit Red Wings, Svoboda had instead opened up the bidding and was now speaking to the Montreal Canadiens and a “lot more” other teams, and that Jagr might not make his decision prior to noon today after all.
The reaction from Pittsburgh isn’t exactly stunning—GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari that he’s busy trying to re-sign one of his own free agents-to-be…
Updated 8x at 10:39 PM: The Red Wings have re-signed Jonathan Ericsson, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, but his asking price was a bit steep:
DET agrees to terms with Jonathan Ericsson. Numbers not confirmed but believed to be three years at around $9.75M total.
Update: Per the Sporting News’s Craig Custance:
Jonathan Ericsson deal not quite done but close.
So Petr Svoboda, Jaromir Jagr’s agent, has essentially held the Red Wings and Penguins in suspense while, in the words of a probation officer who raised me, [blanking] around with their time, and what does he say on the eve of free agency, to ESPN’s Scott Burnside?
More teams are in the running now, and there are no guarantees that Jagr will decide whether to join them by Friday, which is essentially a drop-dead date for Detroit and is, to a lesser extent, a hard deadline for PIttsburgh:
“There’s a lot more teams now we’re talking to,” Svoboda told ESPN.com Thursday evening.
As for getting a deal done somewhere by the time the free agency period opens at noon EST Friday, that plan appears to have gone by the boards as well. Jagr, 39, will make a decision “in the next few days,” Svoboda said.
“I’m not going to put a time frame on it,” he added. “Basically we have nothing new and I can’t tell you anything,” the agent said.
This will come as disappointing news to the Penguins who have been told by Svoboda that Jagr is definitely interested in returning to Pittsburgh where he won two Stanley Cups in the early 1990s.
The Red Wings remain interested too although they had no new information to report Thursday evening about whether they were still being considered by Jagr.
Unreal. Svoboda claims that Jagr’s in New York and he’s in Montreal, too, but who the hell knows anymore.
Update: Equally silly, per the Free Press’s Helene St. James, the Canadiens are apparently back in the mix:
Updated at 9:23 PM with Pleiness on Ericsson, Eaves, Miller, the blueline and Jagr: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that he believes he can hold on to most of his unrestricted free agents-to-be, but that does not include Drew Miller, who’s likely to test the market…
“Just had a philosophical conversation (with his agent),’’ Holland said. “I made an offer. Can’t say we’re making a lot of progress.’‘
On the Jaromir Jagr front, Holland plans on treating the could-be Penguin like he will any player who doesn’t sign with his team before July 1st—he won’t save a spot on the roster or in the team’s payroll structure for Jagr:
As for Jaromir Jagr, Holland said, “Touched base again with his agent today. Nothing’s changed. We’re still staying in contact.’‘
Holland said his initial offer of a one-year deal to Jagr, made several weeks ago, hasn’t changed. He said he doesn’t necessarily need an answer from Jagr by noon Friday, but then the player runs the risk of the team signing other players and not having space for him.
But it does sound like Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves will remain in tow, which is good news:
Updated 3x with Ray Shero at 7:02 PM: It gets curiouser and curiouser—or dumber and dumber. According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, continues to delay and deny any reports that his client might have his “heart in Pittsburgh,” Detroit or anywhere else, nor does he seem to have any intention to ask his client to make up mind in short order:
Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, said this afternoon that he’s still in talks with the Detroit Red Wings, as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams, refuting a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the one-time NHL star had decided to sign with the Penguins.
“No decisions have been made,’’ Svoboda said. “We’re talking a lot. Nothing is going to happen before 6 p.m.’‘
Judging by how this saga has dragged on now for two weeks, there’s no guarantee anything will happen after 6 p.m., either.Asked if he anticipated a decision today, Svoboda said: “I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know.’‘
But, he added, “The Red Wings are obviously one team he wants to play for. There’s a chance (a decision) could come later today.’‘
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejean Kovacevic speaks for many of us when he says that this has gotten out of hand, and to the point where at least the Penguins—if not the Wings as well—might want to pass on a 39-year-old who’s acting like he’s 12:
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