Jaromir Jagr’s Agent Petr Svoboda Talks About Decision

PITTSBURGH (Sportradio 93-7 The FAN) — Jaromir Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda joined Seibel, Starkey, and Miller on 93-7 The FAN to talk about his client’s decision to become a Philadelphia Flyer.

Svoboda started the interview saying congratulations to the Penguin’s organization for trying their best to get Jagr in black and gold.  When asked if it was about money, Svoboda INSISTED multiple, multiple times it was not just for the money, saying if that were the case, he would be back in Russia.

Svoboda knows the fans in Pittsburgh are upset, to which he said the people in the city need to respect his skills and everything he did for the Penguins.

When asked why he chose Philadelphia versus Pittsburgh, Svoboda said again, it was not about money, he went to the team he thought provided him with the best chance to win a Cup.  Speaking on the business end of things, Svoboda talked about Jagr receiving an offer in the $6 million range and turned it down, “proving” he was not in this for money.

The conversation ended with a question about Mario Lemieux and his feelings on the situation, to which Svoboda said Mario was one of the greatest players, and that he is sorry for the hard feelings but said, “let’s not cry over spilled milk.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Best chance to succeed in Philly over Pittsburgh? Really. Well if Jagr would have shut his mouth and never spoke about “His heart being in Pittsburgh”, Mario is his idol, blah, blah, blah then the reaction wouldn’t have been as bad as it was. This interview was STUPID. His dumb agent didn’t make one good point.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So his agent, who is a terrible interview, says his best chances of winning are in Philly over Pittsburgh??? Really, hwo do you figure that, did we lose the two scoring champions, great goaltender and solid defense…..oh wait, we didn’t. So that argument makes no sense. Hey, Jagr, why don’t you give Marian Hossa a call? A couple years ago he picked Detroit over us because he thought it was his best chance of winning. So how did that work out for him?

  3. Dave says:

    He went to the team that he thought would best win the Stanley Cup – what’s he smoking! Philly dumped Mike Richards and Jeff Carter – two of their better skilled players. Now all they have remaining are thugs – Carcillo, Hartnell, Pronger (the big orange cone). It’s all about EGO – Jagr knew that he could not compete with Crosby and Malkin, and he’s not used to being in the shadows of anyone. If he really wanted to be on a team that had a great chance of getting to the Stanley Cup, he would have come to the Pens. Afterall, the Pens made it to the playoffs this past year with mostly Wilkes-Barre players – just wait until Crosby and Malkin return – look out! Can’t wait until Jagr meets Matt Cooke.

  4. Airdoc says:

    So with Crosby and Malkin coming back next season, Jagr thought the Flyers have a better chance to win the cup? If his agent kept repeating “it’s not about the money” IT’S ABOUT THE MONEY!! Two million bucks for a 39 year old player and he turns it down? What did he get from the Flyers – no one is reporting that part of the deal. Did they offer him 2.1 million and he went there?

  5. Dave says:

    I don’t think it’s about the money – he’s getting $3.3M from Philly. He could have gotten $5M from Russia, so I don’t think that’s what it’s about. It’s about his EGO and how he can’t play in the shadows of Crosby and Malkin. It’s a shame because he would have been a great fit in Pgh., and the fans would have accepted him. Now, he is going to wish he was still playing in Russia.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Glad the pouting crybaby did not get signed by the Pens. He would have pouted & (cried himself to sleep) because he is liviing in the past and would not have been the star player. Bye bye Jagr and as previouslly stated, watch out for Cooke.

  7. Wel Hung says:

    KHL plays 52 games a year,,jagr will be 40,,he will have nothing left if the flyers make the playoffs,,they should of kept carter that dudes a beast.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Money, Money, Money!

  9. Teresa says:

    Do any of you Pens fans remember that his last games before he went to Russia were against the Pens in the playoffs where he told Sid to get up and play hockey. I don’t think he could stomach having that guy as his captain and frankly I don’t blame him. The Pens pulled their offer and he took the best deal that was left. Yeah all the talk about his heart being in Pittsburgh made the situation worse, but I truly believe he feels that way. He wanted to be in Pitt, but it didn’t seem to him that they really wanted him so he moved on. Anyone else would have done the same.

  10. jimmyjackjoe says:

    Teresa, get your mouth off of Jags you know what…This clown always has and always will be a punk…How did it not seem that they didn’t want him? He claimed he would play for the league miin…They offered him $2 million for one year…You may have had a point if they didn’t offer him anything or the league min…They pulled the offer when it was apparent that the punk wasn’t sincere in his statements.

    Just remember one thing, he NEVER won the Cup unless Mario was carrying his ass.

  11. Teresa says:

    jimmyjackjoe, you can believe what you want and I can choose to believe him. His conference call stated he didn’t think he would be a good fit in Pitt due to the fact that Crosby and Malkin are left handed and he would have to play opposite of what he was used to. It wouldn’t have worked and then all you penguin fans would still be complaining about him. You should just thank him for leaving in the first place and opening the door for you to draft crosby, malkin, fleury, staal.

    I am so tired of everyone saying he never lead a team to a cup. Who cares? Mario was his teammate, a much older and experienced teammate. He needed his teammates because that is what teammates do, they help make you better. Mario was in and out during those cup years and Jagr did just fine without him at age 18 with a massive language barrier!!!!!

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