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Czech reports: Jagr says no to Pittsburgh??? Svoboda says his client’s disappeared

Update 10:04 PM: According to Inside Pittsburgh Sports’ Will DePaoli, via Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon (and KDKA’s Jory Rand is also confirming)...

No decision coming from Jagr tonight
Svoboda expects to talk to Jagr within the next hour and decision likely tomorrow.
Reason the delay according to Svoboda: “Travel difficulties overseas”

If we are to believe Blesk’s Miroslav Horak and Pavel Barta, or, via Paul, Lidovky.cz’s Antonin Vavrda, Jaromir Jagr has supposedly turned down the Pittsburgh Penguins’ offer of about $2 million per season and is either negotiating with the Red Wings and/or the Montreal Canadiens through his agent, Petr Svoboda…

Or Svoboda has at least told the Penguins that their offer to Jagr is unacceptable as he believes Detroit can double it (which is ridiculously in “hard to believe” territory), so he’s continuing to negotiate with Ray Shero to garner more favorable terms.

Depending on how you interpret quotation marks and who’s saying what to whom. Methinks the Czech press is jumping the gun, and I’d prefer to wait to hear what the North American press has to say in a language I can understand without having to rely on online translators.

Update: Do we consider these comments made by Svoboda to the Free Press’s George Sipple stalling?

Jagr was flying to the U.S. today, but his agent, Petr Svoboda, was still waiting to hear from him long after he was scheduled to land in New York.

“I don’t know if he missed a connection,” Svoboda told the Free Press after 8 p.m. “I have no clue.”

Just after 5:30 p.m., Svoboda told the Free Press: “No word. He has not arrived yet. It’s probably going to be another hour or so. They’ve had some delays in New York. As soon as he lands, he’ll be calling me.”

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Evilpens's avatar

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jagrwatch  pensblog guys on ustream

Posted by Evilpens on 06/29/11 at 10:37 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

I’ve read that Czech source is considered the National Enquirer of the Czech Republic.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/29/11 at 10:38 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Sometimes they are. Check what Svoboda said to the Free Press instead.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/29/11 at 10:45 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

You gotta give Svoboda credit, he is certainly earning his 10%

Well with Drury out in NY , Slats has to find someone else to over spend on.

I’m betting he’s a ranger on friday ( as a wings fan I can only hope).

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/29/11 at 10:46 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

honestly ive grown tiresome of this charade. Lets just get Richards on Friday along with a few blue liners, and Nabby. Then we can enjoy the rest of our summer and get ready for September smile

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 06/29/11 at 10:47 PM ET


I do know there were delays at JFK today, because there were turtles on the runway.


Posted by T on 06/29/11 at 11:06 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

2m doesn’t make Jagr feel “wanted”

He knows they have like 8mil to sign 3 forwards (do I have that right cs?)

A little more than $7 million for five spots. Most spots left are for third and fourth line. Two million is a fair offer for Jagr. If he takes it, great. If he doesn’t, it doesn’t set the Penguins back.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/29/11 at 11:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jagrwatch  pensblog guys on ustream

Posted by Evilpens on 06/29/11 at 08:37 PM ET

Listening in for the last 45 minutes now.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/29/11 at 11:12 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

They could use a scoring winger. If Jagr falls through, Shero will go shopping. Otherwise, Shero has stated he wants to re-sign Kennedy, but only a reasonable price. The Penguins want to keep Rupp, but for the $1.5 million he reportedly wants. In short, they need a top-six winger, a third-line winger, and a fourth line player or two with some grit.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/29/11 at 11:20 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

The defense and goaltenders are set. My depth chart…


Two reserve spots

Posted by cs6687 on 06/29/11 at 11:25 PM ET


As much as I don’t want anything to do with Jagr, I’m having cold sweats imagining him in a Pens uniform scoring goals in a Wings/Pens final.

Posted by MTL_WINGS from Montreal on 06/29/11 at 11:30 PM ET


Enough already. If any of this is true (want more money and playing the wait game with several teams) I want out..out…out. This is ridiculous…he wants to be in Pitt but wants Wings money, but would consider playing in MTL???? Is that the type of man we want in our dressing room? Is that the same man I heard on the NHL network called “a more matured player?” and “wants to play for a winning team” really? Then what the H*** are you waiting for…

Posted by Meg on 06/29/11 at 11:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Petr Svoboda just answered thepensblog guys saying, “Nothing happening today.”

He sounded really tired…

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/29/11 at 11:37 PM ET


I can’t believe he picked that up.  Wow….lol

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 06/29/11 at 11:37 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

hAHAHAHAHA they got a hold of Svoboda & said they were Ron Cook of the Post gazette

Posted by Evilpens on 06/29/11 at 11:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

thepensblog guys pretty much got the scoop on everyone else.  Good job, guys.

Petr Svoboda said, “Nothing happening today.”

Outstanding work, gents.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/29/11 at 11:40 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Petr Svoboda just answered thepensblog guys saying, “Nothing happening today.”

This about 10 minutes after Malik said he’d be out for an hour. Poor bearded typing monkey.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 06/29/11 at 11:45 PM ET


Oh God. I clicked on that link about two minutes before they called Sykora and got ****** out as ‘Ron Cooke.’ Hilarious. Wonder if Rossi ever pissed someone off and said he was someone else. Wouldn’t surprise me.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/29/11 at 11:47 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

The Pens and Wings should tell him to f*ck off. Let Montreal have him.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 06/29/11 at 11:56 PM ET



With you 100% !!!

Posted by Meg on 06/30/11 at 12:04 AM ET


TROLL ALERT: CKNW 980 (Local radio in Vancouver) reporting Hodgson, Samuelsson and Schnieder for Parise.

Posted by Liam on 06/30/11 at 12:04 AM ET


once again…its a crap shoot until friday at noon. save your breath impatient fools

Posted by callmedrw on 06/30/11 at 12:06 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

once again…its a crap shoot until friday at noon. save your breath impatient fools

Hey now!

I may be impatient but I’m definitely no… wait, what’s the other thing?  Oh shit, right.  Nevermind.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/30/11 at 12:08 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Sure as hell hope thepensblog posts that phone call on youtube.  THAT shit was hilarious.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/30/11 at 12:17 AM ET


Is Scoboda related to the Kardashians?

Posted by Casey from Mississauga on 06/30/11 at 01:07 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

george You don’t know this but William DePaoli is a Eklund wannbe, He steels other Peoples info & uses it as his own

Posted by Evilpens on 06/30/11 at 01:09 AM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Word is Jagr’s been eaten by turtles.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/30/11 at 01:30 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Word is Jagr’s been eaten by turtles.

In a world where Tomas Kopecky pulls down $3 mil per year, this makes perfect sense.  We all knew he’d lost a step so, Jagr hunted down and eaten alive by turtles?  Hell, why the f^*k not? 

Meanwhile I’ll have some of whatever Dale Tallon is smoking.  Seriously.  Up is down and down is up…we are offcially through the looking glass!!

Meanwhile, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…...enjoy the ride!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 06/30/11 at 02:17 AM ET

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