Jaromir Jagr To Test Open Market, According To Report
According to TSN insider Darren Dreger, pending unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr plans to test free agency come July 1.
Jaromir Jagr enjoyed Phildadelphia, but plans on testing free agency. Also plans to change training to shed some lbs and get faster.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 18, 2012
This is in contrast to a report filed by CSN Philly correspondent Tim Panaccio, which stated that Jagr and the Philadelphia Flyers were nearing a deal prior to this Friday’s entry Draft. The report included comments from Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda, which noted that the two sides were discussing an extension.
Via the June 6 report from CSN Philly:
“I’ve talked to Jaromir and I have talked to Paul [Holmgren] and we hope to get something done before the draft,” Svoboda said.
This report was in contrast to comments Jagr had made early in the offseason about an interest in testing free agency due to his concern about a decreased role with the team in this upcoming season. Jagr’s incentive for coming to Philadelphia in the first place was his ability to play big minutes with a young group.
He made it clear that if he were to return to Philadelphia for a second season, he would need to be guaranteed first line minutes with Claude Giroux and an increased role on the power play in addition to a healthy salary in the ballpark of the $3.3 million he made in 2011-12.
Now, it appears the Flyers are unable to promise at least one of those stipulations at this time, which has led Jagr and his representation to their initial plan to see if they can find a more appealing offer on the market.
This, of course, doesn't mean Jagr is officially gone but it does open up the possibility.
Jagr will be entering the 2012-13 season at the age of 40 and will turn 41 on February 15. He missed nine games last season largely due to lower-body injuries thought to be dealing with his groin and hamstring.
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