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by George Malik on 06/30/11 at 10:52 AM ET
Updated 3x at 11:05 AM: Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi, the Red Wings and Penguins will finally find out Jaromir Jagr’s decision as to which team he’d prefer to play for sometime today, and all indications point toward Jagr ending his NHL career in the city where it began:
The agent for Jaromir Jagr said his client is in New York and said today he expects a decision about Jagr’s NHL future by the end of today.
Petr Svoboda said he was scheduled to speak with Penguins general manager Ray Shero shortly. This was around 9:20 a.m.
“We are going to exchange some things,” Svoboda said, adding that he would also speak with Detroit and Montreal about Jagr. This is obviously a tough decision for Jaromir. His heart is in Pittsburgh.”
Shero said late Wednesday that he has not heard from Jagr’s camp. Shero had set Wednesday as a deadline to hear if Jagr would accept a one-year offer from the Penguins that sources have said is within the $2 million range.
Longtime associates of Penguins majority co-owner Mario Lemieux and NHL agents told the Tribune-Review Wednesday they believe parameters of an agreement for Jagr to play next season with the Penguins are in place, and that Lemieux believes Jagr is coming back.
Update: Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari:
Petr Svoboda, his agent, said this morning that Jagr did not arrive in New York until “around quarter to 10” last evening, which was about seven hours later than initially expected. He spent the night in New York, where Svoboda said he is tending to “some business matters.”
Svoboda added that “there’s a chance” Jagr will decide today which contract proposal he will accept—he has received them from the Penguins, Detroit and another team believed to be Montreal—but added that there is no guarantee anything will be finalized.
“He just wants to make sure he makes the right decision,” Svoboda said. “He wants to make sure he doesn’t do anything irrational.”
Svoboda said he intends to speak with Penguins general manager Ray Shero this morning and that “we’ll go from there” after they talk.
Update: Oh fun, via the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
We’ve reached Day 3 of “today is the day Jaromir Jagr will make his decision,” and here’s an update. Reached a little after 10 a.m. today, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, said an announcement could come today – but maybe not.
“Jaromir just flew into New York last night,” Svoboda told the Free Press. “Now we are going to start negotiating a little more today. It is not for sure that something will happen today, but there is a chance.”
Jagr, 39, wants to return to the NHL after three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. His camp contacted Detroit and Pittsburgh, and Montreal is also believed to be in the mix. Svoboda said this morning that “a couple of other teams have jumped in.”
Asked if Jagr is certain to return to the NHL rather than the KHL – where he’d net upwards of $4 million – Svoboda said, “there is an outside chance of KHL, but something would have to go terribly bad for that.” Jagr isn’t likely to get much more than $2 million in the NHL.
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