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Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 11:08 pm
 

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jaromir Jagr, GM Paul Holmgren announced Friday afternoon.

The deal is reported to be for one year at $3.3 million.

So how did the talks start between the sides that didn't seem to have any previous contact? It was something the Flyers sort of stumlbed in to.

“Well, obviously it sort of just started innocently yesterday. I just sent a text to Petr Svoboda, his agent, who also represents Jake Voracek, and I didn’t know who was involved," Holmgren said. "I read over the last few days it was just Detroit and Pittsburgh were the teams, so I just sent him a text about if Jaromir would have interest in playing for Philadelphia and it just kind of went from there, and culminated today with our signing of him."

In a shocking turn of events, the Pittsburgh Penguins withdrew their offer to Jagr earlier in the day. To make it even crazier, the Red Wings dropped out, too.

GM Ray Shero had hoped to have an answer from Jagr by now, but things have changed in the last 24 hours. Since Jagr flew to the United States, the list of potential suitors that was believed to be two (Penguins and Red Wings) or maybe three has grown.

"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," Shero said in a statement. "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."

The Penguins were believed to be the favorite to sign Jagr and bring him back to the NHL. The 39-year-old spent 11 seasons with the Pens and is near the top of all the franchise's records.

By Brian Stubits

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:32 am
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Seems like an insane bargain for a very good goalie who often does well with zero goal support. I'm sure he'll appreciated Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin & Green's offence. I don't think I'd give Ilya that many years and that many dollars either!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

And now Washington get's Vokoun for 1.5 for one year.....I'm hating Holmgren more and more each day.


Hate Boston&LA
Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:39 pm
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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

And yeah, Fleury is on the list of current elite goaltenders.

No, seriously dude, he's not.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:50 am
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Jags2628: You can assume all you want if it makes you sleep better at night. Anyone here can come up with the typical "you must not follow hockey" or "you must be blind" comeback. How very clever of you. And yeah, Fleury is on the list of current elite goaltenders. Take a look at all the goalies around the NHL and tell me how many of them have actually been the go-to, starting goalie consistently for the past 5+ years? Miller...Luongo...Fleury...Ward....

That alone says something. And signing Ilya will not help Bob. Bob, in my opinion, proved himself to the Flyers as a potential great goalie of the future, but will now be riding the pine. You dont throw a lucrative contract to a veteren starting goalie to help with the young future goalie, you sign a veteren backup goalie to lesser money that can support the young goaltender while still being more than capable to fill in when needed. Tell me, whats gonna happen when Bobs contract expires and Illya is still in the middle of his?



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:15 am
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

A one time great player....is now  too old and over the hill.Frown



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:12 am
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Well, the Flyers may still trade Bobrowsky.  I gather they're paying him a bit more than they'd like to be paying a backup goalie.  We'll see.  So don't be too sure they'll go into the season--or finish it--with the all-Russian tandem.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:01 am
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Wow! Who would've thunk the Flyers will a goalie tandem comprised soley of Russians? The culture of the 80's & 90's seemed anti-Russian aside from Valerie Zelepukin. I think Ilya will make the All-Star Team this year & battle with the Penguins for the Patrick Division Crown.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:57 am
 

Flyers sign Jagr after Penguins, Wings drop out

Despite his age and though he's lost a step or two, this guy still has more pure work ethic & skill than Former "Captain" Go-Thru-The-Motions-On-A-Nightly-Ba

sis Mike Richards ever had or will have. The fact that no NHL club...not even the crappy teams gave his a chance two years ago when he was 37 was shameful & a discrace! I predict a highly-motivated Jaromir Jagr will flourish playing with Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds, JRV & Claude Giroux. I also think it will be nice to have a nasty, stick-up-for-your-teammate Leader like Chris Pronger being on your side for a chance...less looking over your shoulder expecting Cheapshot Artists (ironicly like Mike Richards on David Booth).


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