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‘Jagr Watch’ continues as free agency looms: UPDATE PENS WITHDRAW OFFER

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.
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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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Let him go to Pittsburgh… let him disrupt Sidney and Malkin.  That would be even more priceless…

And when he starts complaining about not being in the spotlight?  Even better.

Posted by Kc from Livonia, MI on 07/01/11 at 12:16 PM ET

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George, we beg you, please stop posting this stuff about Jagr.  We know it’s out there, and that’s what you do, but please, in the name of all that you consider holy, just ignore it.  There is plenty of real news to discuss.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 07/01/11 at 12:17 PM ET

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Posted by monkey from bat country on 07/01/11 at 11:17 AM ET

+1

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 12:29 PM ET

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That $2.5 million we’re offering Jagr?  It’d be better spent on a hitman so that my head can get some f*cking peace.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 07/01/11 at 12:32 PM ET

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And that’s not a slam against you, George, just against Jagr, his insatiable ego, and those in the media who continue to toss sides of beef into its gaping maw, causing it to grow ever larger, hungrier, and more aggressive.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 07/01/11 at 12:35 PM ET

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George tweets that Pens withdraw offer to Jagr.  May Detroit be next.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 12:35 PM ET

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Now Detroit needs to lower their offer… or withdraw it as well….

Posted by tkfergy on 07/01/11 at 12:38 PM ET

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Detroit better do likewise…I’ll be beyond pissed if this guy is our big July 1 signing.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/11 at 12:39 PM ET

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Told ya Shero wouldn’t Blink ! Now jagr will be even more Hated

Posted by Evilpens on 07/01/11 at 12:39 PM ET

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....actually I figured he’d be Wing as soon as I first heard his name come up. He’s old and soft. What a great combo come playoff time!

Posted by godblender on 07/01/11 at 12:42 PM ET

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Still short on D, and few UFAs left.  I guess that may save some money to bump up Kronwall’s contract but dropping the GAA still a big concern.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 12:44 PM ET

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George has been saying all along that Holland will “move on” at noon if Jagr is not signed with the Wings.  Let’s hope.  15 minutes…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/11 at 12:45 PM ET

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George tweets that Pens withdraw offer to Jagr.  May Detroit be next.

Posted by RWBill from Imported from Detroit, Land of Todd-Ber-Tuz-zi !! on 07/01/11 at 11:35 AM ET

Yep. In about five minutes, Detroit will either announce the same thing or announce a signing. Boy, Jagr really lived up to his reputation on this one.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/01/11 at 12:49 PM ET

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Posted by MsRedWinger from Florida, wishin’ I was back in the Mitten on 07/01/11 at 11:45 AM ET

Well no, he said he’s not going to hold a roster spot for Jagr, but if he calls on July 2nd and they haven’t filled the hole they might take him.

God, please announce that you’re moving on, Kenny… PLEASE!

Posted by Garth on 07/01/11 at 12:49 PM ET

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God, please announce that you’re moving on, Kenny… PLEASE!

This. Hell, sign Richards and White and be done with it.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/01/11 at 12:51 PM ET

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send him back to the khl.  Guy acts like hes still a superstar in this league.  Premadonna douchebag.  Him and his agent are garbage and liars.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 07/01/11 at 12:52 PM ET

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This. Hell, sign Richards and White and be done with it.

Yes.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/11 at 12:55 PM ET

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The only thing Detroit should be doing with Jagr is using him as a smokescreen for their real target. He sounds like such a cancer that DET should pass on him even if they could get him for some unimaginably low number.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Algiers, DZ on 07/01/11 at 12:57 PM ET

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Good for Shero.  Now, Kenny, you’ve got to find a way to atone for paying Ericsson far more than he’s worth.  Giving Jagr and his agent the finger would be a good place to start.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 07/01/11 at 12:59 PM ET

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Gotta love that this has been so ridiculous that even the Vancouver fanbase has grown to hate Jaromir and they aren’t even involved in the bidding

Posted by steviesteve on 07/01/11 at 01:00 PM ET

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He sounds like such a cancer that DET should pass on him even if they could get him for some unimaginably low number

Even at league minumum, it’s not worth it.
He clearly doesn’t want to be a Wing, or he’d have made that announcement 2 weeks ago.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/01/11 at 01:03 PM ET

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Miller at aboot $850K done deal?  Another good value given the bidding wars in the open market.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 01:07 PM ET

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This. Hell, sign Richards and White and be done with it.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/01/11 at 11:51 AM ET

Yes I’d take that at this point!

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 01:09 PM ET

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Wings out on Jagr per Custance

Posted by godblender on 07/01/11 at 01:09 PM ET

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Miller at aboot $850K done deal?  Another good value given the bidding wars in the open market.

Sweet. Verification?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/01/11 at 01:11 PM ET

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