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by George Malik on 07/01/11 at 01:10 PM ET
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.
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