Ray Shero Comments On Jagr Situation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — During a press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center today, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero said there was not a lot of emotion with him and the Jaromir Jagr situation because he didn’t know Jagr personally.

Jagr signed with the Philadelphia Flyers to a one year deal for $3.3 million. The Penguins and Detroit Red Wings were also in the hunt for the 39-year-old.

“The last few days, it just, at the end as of last night for me, it didn’t really feel right,” Shero said. “To come back to the Penguins seemed like a tap in for me, and I respect his decision. This morning when I talked to (Jagr’s) agent, I said what I always said in the beginning of free agency ‘I need an answer.’ So I gave him the deadline of 11 o’clock and that deadline basically came and went, and we withdrew our offer, and we’re on to other things.”

Shero said there are some reports that Jagr asked the Penguins for more money, but he never did.

“(Jagr) might of had something in his mind of what he wanted or where he wanted to go,” Shero said. “He never asked for more money. We never got in a negotiation. He went somewhere else obviously.”


One Comment

  1. 2059 says:

    Instead of worrying about over the hill Jagr, Shero had better wory about Crosby. Will he be able to play at the level he has in the past? Is Malkin going to contribute as in the past? If you have those two on their game who needs Jagr?

    1. Rich says:

      So what was Shero supposed to do? He obviously has Crosby and Malkin locked in; and both have been progressing from their injuries. He took a stab at a relatively cheap veteran winger, and when it didn’t work out he moved on and brought in a decent 20 goal scorer. Considering this article was written well after the Jagr situation ended, your advice to “quit worrying about Jagr” makes no sense to me.

      And to “who needs Jagr?” – how about a team that hasn’t produced for two straight years on the power play?

      1. Kurt says:

        Regarding “a team that hasn’t produced for two straight years on the power play,” guess what. A power play that can’t score with Crosby and Malkin is NOT going to be able to score with a KHL-underwhelming Jagr. That league’s winningest goaltender is NHL castoff Robert Esche. The best netminder they’ve sent back here is Ray Emery. Neither tells me that Jagr’s performance is enough to score goals against the likes of Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov, etc.

        The power play’s problems would not have been solved by a geriatric mental infant.

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