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by George Malik on 06/29/11 at 01:59 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi reports that it’s entirely probable that “Jagr Watch” will end today, much to the delight of Penguins fans and relief of Red Wings fans who want this to just get over and done with:
The agent for Jaromir Jagr said today that Jagr is en route to the United States and will inform of a decision on his NHL future late this afternoon.
“He is flying to New York (from the Czech Republic) right now,” agent Petr Svoboda said. “He is coming this afternoon and will tell us his answer then.”
Svoboda said he talked to Jagr last night about the Pens’ offer, and that Detroit and Montreal are also known to have made offers. Jagr is not expected to arrive in the U.S. until at least 3:30 p.m. Svoboda said he expects to know Jagr’s decision within an hour of his arrival.
The Penguins have set today as a deadline to hear if Jagr will accept their one-year offer that is around $2 million to play for them next season. Jagr, 39, spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins, but has spent the past three years playing in Russia.
That’s about what the Wings have offered him, and, via RedWingsFeed, Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov reports that Avangard Omsk still has an offer on the table for Jagr, but flying to the U.S. means he’s likely to play in the NHL.
Update: According to Dennik Sport, Jagr’s not totally excluded signing with the Red Wings.
Update #2 at 2:21 PM: Per Rossi and Josh Yohe:
Despite overseas reports that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a contract with the Penguins, both parties say no decision has been made. Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, confirmed that Jagr is en route to the U.S. and will arrive in New York City at approximately 4 p.m. today.
“None of the rumors are true,” he said. “He hasn’t signed with anyone yet.”
Penguins general manager Ray Shero was contacted by the Tribune-Review earlier today and said that he has not been informed of Jagr’s decision. Shero and Svoboda have confirmed that a decision regarding which team Jagr plays for this season will be reached today.
A Russian newspaper is reporting that Jagr has already agreed to a one-year deal with the Penguins, but European newspapers are infamous for not always reporting accurate information about such situations.
It is believed that the Penguins offered Jagr, 39, a one-year contract worth approximately $2 million. The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens are also believed to be interested in Jagr’s services.
Jagr cannot officially sign with an NHL team until Friday. Svoboda expects Jagr to make his decision within an hour of arriving in New York. It’s unknown if Jagr intends on flying to Pittsburgh — or Montreal, or Detroit — later today.
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