Pens Withdraw Offer, Jagr Agrees To Terms With Flyers

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jaromir Jagr is headed to the Penguins’ most bitter rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jagr and the Flyers agreed on a 1-year deal worth $3.3 million.

The Flyers were able to afford Jagr after trading Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

By the way, the Flyers first game in Pittsburgh this year is December 29th.

The Pittsburgh Penguins got tired of waiting and decided to withdraw their offer to free agent winger Jaromir Jagr just before noon Friday.

The deal was for one-year and worth $2 million.

Pens GM Ray Shero released this statement concerning Jagr:

“We made what we thought was a very fair contract offer to Jaromir on Tuesday, based on his stated interest of returning to the Penguins,” said Ray Shero, the team’s executive vice president and general manager.

“We made our best offer from the start, given our salary cap structure, in an attempt to facilitate a deal. But now, after several days, with an extended time frame for making a decision, and additional teams getting involved, we have decided to move in a different direction. It was never our intention to get involved in a free agent bidding war, and we have to focus on our team.

“Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history, and we wish him all the best.”

The Detroit Red Wings also pulled their offer to Jagr this morning.

It’s somewhat surprising that Jagr would have let the situation drag on for days after publicly talking about wanting to return to Pittsburgh.

In an interview with the Hockey News last year, Jagr said he’d be willing to play for the Penguins and play for the league minimum because of his idol Mario Lemieux.

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  • Dave

    This was a very bad move for Jagr – Pgh was willing to forgive him for his past antics, but if he signs with another team, he will definitely be booed out of Consol. What a shame – it would have been so exciting to see him play with Crosby/Malkin.

  • PGH Fan

    Pittsburgh… LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT BABY!!!

  • Avg. Joe

    Way to go Shero! Let a perfect fit for a young team and hometown favorite go away because you don’t want to pay him. He’s a perfect fit for the team but you are too stupid to realize that.

    • Avg. Joe

      1. Jagr couldn’t legally sign IMMEDIATELY as free agency started today. 2. Shero has a habbit of messing things up in free agency.

    • Melissa

      um Jagr was the one that took forever to get back to the pens!! They made him a nice offer but Jagr dragged his heels on it

    • Dave

      I don’t think this had anything to do with money. Jagr said it wasn’t about the money when he deicded to come back to the NHL. There’s more to it, and I’m sure it will all come out. BTW – Kennedy just signed with the Pens for $2M – how sad is that – an average winger for $2M???? I think I’m in the wrong business!

    • Avg. Joe

      I think it’s 100% about money. Jagr wants it Shero doesn’t want to give it. It’s not team talent the penguins are loaded with malkin/crosby. It’s not about bad relationships Jagr is friends with the team owner. Has to be money issues.

    • REALiTY

      How many Stanley Cups have YOU won, coach?

    • johnny69

      He was playing the Penguins and ESPECIALLY you fans as SUCKERS all week, now you want to blame Shero? That is juit stupid, his agent wanted a bidding war and Shero called his bluff. The fact that Jagr did not sign IMMEDIATELY should tell you that he is the same as he was 10 years ago not a team player in the least.

      • Dominic M. Johnjulio

        Exactly johnny.

  • Avg. Joe

    And as for Jagr you are pathetic. Thanks for valuing money over happiness. You’ll get real success in life that way!

  • mike

    Thank u. Ray now sign TK and MAX we need max.

  • Avg. Joe

    Max is way overrated. Pay him dirt cheap or let him go.

  • Ryan

    Max is gone, please do not overpay him based on a couple of goals he scored in the Cup finals. He’s been pretty invisible the last two years.

  • Marky Mark

    Sorry…after reading above, apparently it’s pronounced Avg. Joe

    • Marky Mark

      Wow…my first post was totally not posted. It was related to how you say a feminine hygiene product in Czech.

      Is that better post-police?

  • K. Isaac

    Maybe Jagr can call Mario and BEG HIM to take him back!!! Yagr, Yagr, Yagr!
    You could have righted a very wrong ship by showing your loyalty for one last run at the Cup. CALL MARIO and remember it’s pronounced “SORRY” *for the dumb act.)

    • Melissa

      I agree!! Jagr is a TRADER!!! He goes to Philly?? Really? Whatever….he’ll be boo’ed so bad when he’s here! Im gonna love it

  • kinkomaster

    If Jagr wants money, he’d stay in the Russian league, where he is treated like royalty. To tell the truth, I don’t know why he would come back here to this abuse. Pittsburgh fans are some of the best in the world, but they are fickle and unforgiving. One of the best players in the world wants to come back, and because his ex-player manager is a jagoff and wants to start a bidding war, he is suddenly cast into a bad light. Jagr hasn’t done a single bad thing EXCEPT stay quiet… something everyone used to have a problem with him NOT doing!!

    • Willson

      because they gave him his offer and a wednesday deadline along with that… and where are we now an hour after the free agency period has started, and yet not a word. If he rly wanted a return to the pens he wld of signed when shero gave him the offer and the wednesday deadline…

      • kinkomaster

        Ahhhh… moot point now. Can’t wait to see his first time back to town… should be a Kodak moment!

      • kinkomaster

        Let me ask you this. Once Jagr said he wanted to come back… How long did it take Shero to make an offer? It isn’t like he jumped at the opportunity. He WAITED before he made the offer. I would say that turnabout is fair play.

        The fact that Shero is petty enuff to pull the offer because Jagr has stayed quiet… like he did when Jagr made the point he wanted to come here… shows that Mario needs to step in. If they want to act like kids, Mario needs to be the Man… as always… and take care of business. Siding with Shero because Jagr wouldn’t dive at an offer that he gave to TK is just lame. The only reason that Jagr wouldn’t laugh at that offer is because of Mario. Jagr won a world championship last year, TK couldn’t close out a series with a beat up Lightning… see the imbalance?

  • Karen

    I am so glad the offer was withdrawn for Jagr … and I now see Detroit withdrew their offer too… Pens will be just fine without him .. Excited they resigned TK.. All is good by me !

  • Brad

    Avg Joe

    Being sarcastic in saying he won’t find success? He has made how much money and is one ofthe greatest players of all time… I think he found success..

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    Yeah we signed a third liner, TK, for 2 million and won’t increase our chances of winning anymore than what they already are.

    • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

      Hopefully Jagr stays in Russia because just imagine what his games in the burgh will be like now when he comes to visit.

  • Dave

    Jagr just signed with Philadelphia!

    • Ryan


      • kinkomaster

        He better be a healthy scratch when they come to town… it was bad enuff when he was with the Rangers. This is like peeing on Mario!!

  • Avg. Joe

    I saved your jersy for how many years thinking you got a raw deal and you do that. Onto the fire it goes…

  • Dave

    He signed for $3.3M – so money is not the factor. Perhaps it’s ego, since Richards has left Philly, now Jagr can be the main man. He still will have to contend with Briere, but Briere is no Crosby or Malkin, and maybe Jagr would have found it hard to play second fiddle to Crosby and Malkin.

    • kinkomaster

      3rd fiddle… :D

      • Dave

        You’re right – third fiiddle, and I agree with your previous entry that you don’t dis Mario. Glad Matt Cooke will be back………..

  • Ryan

    Clearly winning another Stanley Cup is not a priority.

  • Dave

    Pens lines as we stand right now:

    Neal Crosby Kunitz
    Tangradi Malkin Dupuis
    Cooke Staal Kennedy
    Asham Adams Letestu/Connor

    If Tangradi doesn’t look good on the 2nd line during training camp he’ll probably get bumped to the 4th line. Letestu will have to convert to a winger or center the 4th line and move Adams to wing. The Pens could very well be done with free agency after signing Kennedy. The only other move I would make is find another decent winger but there aren’t many left. The Pens have about $4.6M left under the cap and they usually keep about $1.5M free for injuries.

  • Hokeyfnatic

    History shows that Mario has given Jagr a raw deal more than once- it is just that you do not know what happens behind the scenes.

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    Now Max goes and signs with Philly as well. I guess this time he’ll be telling the Penguins fans to be quiet after a fight.

  • Christine

    Sounds like Philadelphia should be called the Penguins Hasbeens instead of the Flyers

    • Ryan S.

      Or more likely, Penguin Beaters! You are an idiot, I guarantee that you would have killed to have Talbot back and Jagr signed, but you won’t admit it, you are a typical Penguin Slappy.

      • Christine

        Ryan S – you are wrong when you said that I would have killed to have Talbot back – he hasn’t done anything since scoring in the Stanley Cup final two years ago. As much as I like his personality, I don’t feel he is producing for the Pens, so NO, I don’t care that he is gone. And YES, I would have enjoyed seeing Jagr play with Malkin or Crosby, but his EGO got in the way, so now he thinks he’s going to be the main man in Philly. I can’t until he comes up against Matt Cooke – guess who win that battle……

  • Ryan

    Phuck Philly

    • marilyn

      I liked that Ryan!! You made me laugh after reading all these comments. Thanks!

  • Dave
  • Robert Caldwell

    OMG, What a frackin tool!

  • Anonymous

    I appologize for criticizing people that boo him. I now understand you were all getting a head start.

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