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by George Malik on 06/24/11 at 08:24 PM ET
I wish we had some Wings-related news regarding the Jagr watch, but instead, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski offers a conversation with Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who might have to convince GM Ray Shero to make any offer to Jagr. Strange to think that the Red Wings are the team that’s supposedly offering more money and a real take-it-or-leave-it contract offer as opposed to “interest,” but that’s the story.
Anyway, here’s what Bylsma had to say to Wyshynski:
“It seems to be on the front-burner now,” said Bylsma of the Jagr news. “Detroit’s been mentioned. Mike Babcock’s talked to him. Yes, we’ve talked about him.”
What does he see Jagr adding to the Penguins?
“To just think about, from the pure aspect of adding a guy who in his last year in the National Hockey League had 75 points. A guy who could really be a big part of some offense down low — you saw that in the world championship. And the intriguing part of the power play aspect of it,” said Bylsma.
The Penguins power play was 25th in the NHL last season at a 15.8-percent conversion rate — missing Sidney Crosby(notes) and Evgeni Malkin(notes) from it for the last three months of the season.
“We have to have different sets and different looks,” he said of the power play. “We’re going to have four forwards out there at times. We’re going to be able to have a couple of different sets.”
Bylsma has no concerns about Jagr’s ability to fit in or be a pain in his coach’s butt:
“It’s something you have to think about, you have to consider: Could this guy fit in and be an addition with the guys we already have?’” asked Bylsma.
“If I had done homework,” he said, his words winking, “that’s not what I hear from coaches. It’s not what I hear from teammates who may or may not have played with him at the world championships.”
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