Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rumor: Jagr's Agent Contacted Red Wings, Rangers, Penguins, Canadiens; Prefers Detroit

The speculation continues as to where former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr wants to continue playing hockey next season.  According to Ansar Khan of, Jagr wants back in the NHL, but not with the three teams that have been most speculated about.  While all the talk has been about Jagr playing for Pittsburgh, New York or Montreal if he returned, Khan is reporting that he wants to play for the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings didn’t call Jagr. His agent, Petr Svoboda, called them. But Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has had several conversations with Svoboda, and coach Mike Babcock has spoken to Jagr.

Svoboda reportedly contacted Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers, two of Jagr’s former teams, as well as Montreal.

But Jagr would prefer to play in Detroit for the chance to play with highly skilled players Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and, if he returns, Nicklas Lidstrom.
Jagr is going to benefit whatever team he signs with for next season, but one would wonder if with the age concerns the Red Wings already have how interested they would be unless he were willing to come pretty cheap.  The idea of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Jagr and Holmstrom on a power play is enough to give any goalie nightmares however.