The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly withdrawn their one-year, $2MM offer to winger Jaromir Jagr. The Red Wings and Canadiens have also reportedly made offers to the talented winger.
Of Jagr, Pens GM Ray Shero said, in an interview with the Tribune,
“We made our offer. It’s an offer that really isn’t going to change. We only have so much to spend.”
Pens coach Dan Bylsma commented on Jagr’s possible role, saying,
“If Jaromir Jagr hypothetically were to fit in, I don’t think we’d have to change everything drastically for him to able to fit in. [...] We’re a team that wants to play in the offensive zone. There’s a speed part to our game, but it really lies largely in playing in the offensive zone and wearing teams down.”
Jagr was originally drafted by the Penguins fifth overall in the 1990 Entry Draft. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Penguins – winning two Stanley Cups – before moving on to the Capitals and the Rangers. He holds the Rangers’ record for single-season scoring with 54 goals and 123 points in the 2005-06 season. In his 1,273 NHL games, Jagr has 646 goals and 953 assists for 1,599 points. He has won the Hart Trophy once as league MVP, the Ted Lindsey Award (formerly Lester B. Pearson Award) as players’ MVP three times, and the Art Ross Trophy (as scoring champion) five times.
Jagr has played the last three seasons for Omsk Avangard of the KHL.