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Custance: Red Wings’ Babcock, Penguins’ Bylsma weigh in on Jagr watch

Oh fun, via RedWingsFeed...Red Wings coach Mike Babcock tells the Sporting News’s Craig Custance that he’s comfortable with making a Jaromir Jagr-sized experiment, should the 39-year-old Czech forward choose to join the Wings…

“He’s in a position that he gets to decide,” Babcock told Sporting News. “We’ve had lots of success with veteran players.”
“You could say Mike Modano didn’t work the way we wanted. We didn’t know Mike Modano was going to cut his wrist,” Babcock said. “Do you not even investigate it because it didn’t (work out)? That’s not the way we go about our business.”

And Dan Bylsma agrees that Jagr would make a great addition…to the Penguins:

If Jagr ends up in Detroit or Pittsburgh, there’s no shortage of great centers around to set up him. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has already entertained where he would play Jagr, if the future Hall of Famer picks Pittsburgh.

“Absolutely. You have to,” Bylsma told Sporting News. “Those are all things that are part of the equation. Whether it’s really serious or not, whether we’re a foot away or three miles away, those are things you have to think about and entertain.”

Byslma said he’s spoken with Zbynek Michalek, who plays with Jagr internationally, and the reports are favorable. Now Jagr has to make a choice.

“We’ll see,” Babcock said. “It’s all about him deciding he wants to be a Red Wing. Maybe he wants to be a Penguin. I don’t know.”

By July 1st we’ll know…

Update: Via ESPN’s Twitter account:

RT @pghpenguins: #Pens GM Shero: We have interest (in Jagr). I’ll get in touch with them in the next day or so. We’ll see where it goes

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RWBill's avatar

So the Pens are finally going public with interest in Jagr.  Certainly have the inside track if they want him badly enough.

Posted by RWBill on 06/25/11 at 06:51 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Why isn’t this in The Malik Report?  I ran across it by accident.  This is an issue dear to the hearts of The 19.

Holy crap, the realignment ‘rumor’ is true

by George Malik on 06/25/11 at 03:03 PM ET
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Posted by RWBill on 06/25/11 at 07:04 PM ET

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