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The Red Wings and Penguins hope ‘Jagr Watch’ will end on Wednesday

Well that’s that. The Red Wings have offered Jaromir Jagr a contract, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari reports that the Penguins have done the same:

General manager Ray Shero offered Jagr a one-year deal Tuesday and said he believes he will find out today whether Jagr agrees to it.

“[Today] is decision day,” Shero said. “We’ll see what he does. ... He’s got all the information he needs from us [to make up his mind].”

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, could not be reached for comment last evening, but suggested earlier in the day that he also believed Jagr’s status for the 2011-12 season could be resolved today. Svoboda was expected to consult with Jagr Tuesday night, laying out the options that have emerged since Jagr went public with his desire to return to the NHL. It is not known whether any other team has made a proposal, although the Detroit Red Wings publicly have expressed interest in Jagr and at least one other team, believed to be Montreal, is purported to have contemplated pursuing him.

Shero declined to specify how much money the Penguins are offering, although he characterized it as “fair” and “respectful.” He added that the proposal would not sabotage his attempts to re-sign players such as wingers Tyler Kennedy and Mike Rupp before they hit the open market as unrestricted free agents Friday.

“I don’t know what the [salary] expectations are, but here’s what we can offer and still be able to re-sign the players we want to re-sign,” Shero said. “I’ve always said to our players that if they want to stay in Pittsburgh and win, they might have to take a little less [money].”
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Jagr had 19 goals and 31 assists in 49 games with Omsk last season. Whether he is still capable of a point-per-game pace against NHL competition is conjecture, but returning to the team where he enjoyed his greatest success clearly would bring his career full circle.

“We feel he’s a guy who can help us this year,” Shero said. “And then retire as a Penguin.”

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe confirms...

“He was an icon in Pittsburgh,” Shero said. “We’d like to see him finish his career here.”

Shero refused to divulge financial terms, but the Penguins’ offer is in the $2 million range, sources said.

“We made our offer,” Shero said. “It’s an offer that really isn’t going to change. We only have so much to spend. We’ll see what happens. The agent (Petr Svoboda) said it isn’t about the money for Jaromir. He said it’s about the fit.”

The Penguins are about $6.5 million under the salary cap but want to remain at least $1 million under the cap ceiling in case transactions are necessary during the season. They would also like to sign a couple of their unrestricted free agents, including Tyler Kennedy. Shero spoke with Jagr on Monday and was confident the NHL’s ninth all-time leading scorer wants to play for the Penguins.

“That’s what he says,” Shero said. “He really feels like he is in great shape, and I’m sure that he is. He always has been. He saw what (Teemu) Selanne and (Mark) Recchi did this year.”
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“We had good talks,” said Svoboda, who noted a decision likely will come today.

Jagr cannot sign an NHL contract until Friday, when free agency begins. The Detroit Red Wings also are believed to have offered Jagr a contract, likely one that is more lucrative. Montreal may also have made an offer.

Here’s the eyebrow-raiser, from MLive’s Ansar Khan:

Petr Svoboda, the agent for Jaromir Jagr, said Tuesday that the forward has not made a decision on his future but that the Detroit Red Wings remain in the mix.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has offered Jagr a one-year deal and believes a decision will be made on Wednesday.

Svoboda said he planned on speaking with Red Wings GM Ken Holland later in the day and have “a few exchanges with numbers,’’ but didn’t expect a deal to be reached right away.

“(Jagr) will try to make a decision fairly soon, but there’s no rush,’’ Svoboda said.

Montreal is reportedly interested, too.

Ditto, says the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:

Wings GM Ken Holland said he’s been in touch with Jaromir Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda, but nothing has changed as far as who will land his services.

Svoboda was reportedly in Pittsburgh Tuesday meeting with Penguins GM Ray Shero, who told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that they offered Jagr a one-year deal and believes a decision will be made today.

Jagr can’t officially sign with anyone until July 1.

There is a third team supposedly in the mix for Jagr’s services, which could be the Montreal Canadiens.

In other words, unless something very strange happens, he isn’t coming to Detroit.

Update: Here’s the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan’s take:

The decision is up to Jaromir Jagr. Jagr, a former NHL scoring champion, received a 1-year contract offer Tuesday from his former team, the Penguins.

A decision could come today from Jagr, 39, as to where he wants to conclude his career — Pittsburgh or Detroit.

Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda said he expects to talk to Wings general manager Ken Holland Wednesday.

Both the Penguins and Red Wings would like to have a decision from Jagr before Friday’s start of unrestricted free agency.

Montreal is the third team supposedly interested in Jagr, who Svoboda said will decide before Friday.

Update #2: Here’s the Free Press’s George Sipple’s Jagr update:

Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday that the Penguins would find out today if Jaromir Jagr is returning to Pittsburgh. Shero told the newspaper he offered Jagr a one-year deal. Holland said Tuesday he made Jagr an offer awhile ago, and “he’s obviously getting close to a decision. I don’t know which way he’s leaning.”

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Of course he isn’t. Ken Holland is our GM. He doesn’t add players unless they’re 40 years or older AND have no other teams interested. Two other teams want Jagr so that’s just too much competition.

Posted by Johnson22 on 06/29/11 at 02:05 AM ET

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I think he signs with Pittsburgh which might be better for the Wings considering his age and the fact that the Modano experiment didnt pan out. Am I the only one who hopes the Wings dont bring back Ericsson? I’d rather have Shane O’Brien lol

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 06/29/11 at 02:34 AM ET

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Holland likely offered him 1 mil more than Pitt after performance bonuses. I’d say he’s making a big play. If doesn’t sign with the Wings it’s not about money and what could Holland do about some Penguin nostalgia BS?

I read your ridiculously long, shark/burns nut hugging, and panicky posts from yesterday. I think you need to just relax and give the best GM in the biz a chance to do his thing. You make it sound like Free Agency on July 1st is the only way for Detroit to improve. Maybe Holland doesn’t like what he sees on the free agent frenzy day and makes a trade in the following weeks. Or maybe he decides to sign a one of Barker/Babchuk/Salo/White (or two if Big E doesn’t resign) and see if a top 4 Dman will emerge out of the FA signing/Smith/Kindl/Big E group. There’s some real talent and upside in that foursome, it’s not unrealistic for one of them to step up. To me that’s the smart play rather than overpaying for Wiz/Ehr. And if you get 20 games into the season or to the trade deadline and realize you can’t win the cup with that 4, then Holland will have the flexibility to make a move. They’ve had 2 real solid restocking drafts in the last two years, so they could easily afford to move their 1st rounder next year in a deal. Everybody has their own opinion, and that’s fine. But Ken Holland has 4 Cup rings, he knows what he’s doing…

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 06/29/11 at 02:37 AM ET

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Of course he isn’t. Ken Holland is our GM. He doesn’t add players unless they’re 40 years or older AND have no other teams interested. Two other teams want Jagr so that’s just too much competition.

Posted by Johnson22 on 06/29/11 at 01:05 AM ET

Calm down there Chicken Little.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 06/29/11 at 02:59 AM ET

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I am a die hard wings fan an have been my whole life. I have an incredible amount of Reapect Dow what Ken holland had done in the past. But how long will he be considered the “best” gm? He hasn’t done much of anything since hossa, and seems to have become increasingly gun shy to make a splash or our team any better.

I by no means want jagr, I am praying he doesnt sign with Detroit. I am just wondering if some of kenny’s shine is gone in general.

Posted by Mike from Chicago on 06/29/11 at 03:09 AM ET

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He hasn’t done much of anything since hossa, and seems to have become increasingly gun shy to make a splash or our team any better.

Posted by Mike from Chicago on 06/29/11 at 02:09 AM ET

Seriously? 

I think most of us can agree that last year, primarily due to salary-cap limitations, but also because there was also the realisation that the Wings merely needed to get healthy in order to compete once again, there simply wasn’t much to be done.  Last off-season was just tweaking and fine tuning.

This year, there is salary cap room (albeit in a somewhat limited free agent market), but here it is not even July 1 and people are coming un-glued over some sort of perceived “failure” this off-season.  Sheesh, it’s like going to a game and sitting beside one of those panicky freaks who falls to pieces if his team falls behind 1-0 in the opening moments of a game.

This thing is a long way from over.  Do you really believe KH is gonna be sitting on $16 million in salary cap room a month from now???

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 06/29/11 at 03:33 AM ET

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Lots of nervous nellies these days eh 19?  What do people want… a Cup win and then mediocrity like we have seen with many of the Cup winners in the past decade?  Me?... I’d rather we stay the course with consistency, make a move when it’s available and continue to be one of the greatest franchises in sports history.  Otherwise we degenerate into fantasy… oh yeah, deal this guy, buy out this guy, trade prospects, draft choices and a sacrificial goat to obtain that sure winner.  Please… give me a break.  Go buy a team and deal to your heart’s content… then apply for the Red Wings GM position.

Posted by calquake on 06/29/11 at 01:52 PM ET

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Lots of nervous nellies these days eh 19?  What do people want… a Cup win and then mediocrity like we have seen with many of the Cup winners in the past decade?  Me?... I’d rather we stay the course with consistency, make a move when it’s available and continue to be one of the greatest franchises in sports history.  Otherwise we degenerate into fantasy… oh yeah, deal this guy, buy out this guy, trade prospects, draft choices and a sacrificial goat to obtain that sure winner.  Please… give me a break.  Go buy a team and deal to your heart’s content… then apply for the Red Wings GM position.

Posted by calquake on 06/29/11 at 12:52 PM ET

POW!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/29/11 at 01:57 PM ET

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Posted by calquake on 06/29/11 at 12:52 PM ET

you should have posted this on

Red Wings trying to retain their own free agents-to-be as UFA day approaches, market thins

Posted by tkfergy on 06/29/11 at 02:17 PM ET

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Sorry guys… just had to vent a little.  Everyone has opinions, some good, some that make you scratch your head.  I respect most but if I wanted to read a book I’d buy a Kindle cheese  or at least get a library card.  What has happened to the levity that is so much a part of our community?  I thought I hated the playoffs but WOW, I really hate the off-season.

Posted by calquake on 06/29/11 at 02:43 PM ET

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