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Montreal Canadiens Front Runners To Sign Jaromir Jagr, According To Report

The Montreal Canadiens are the front runners to sign unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr, according to a report.

Citing a source close to the situation, it is believed that the 40-year old winger is leaning towards joining one the NHL’s most prestigious organizations.

Via The Sporting News:

A source told Sporting News that the Canadiens are the frontrunners to land future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr, having offered a one-year, $3 million contract to the 40-year-old winger who was third on the Philadelphia Flyers in scoring last season with 54 points.

This news comes only hours after CSN Philly ran a story citing Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda saying that his client has fielded offers from 21 different teams.

Via CSN Philly:

“He got 21 offers; I’m not kidding,” said agent and former Flyer defenseman Petr Svoboda. “We’re not in a hurry. We have plenty of time to sign him. There’s lots of interest.”

Svoboda said the Flyers are still in the mix.

Of course, it’s not surprising to hear an agent saying that his client has plenty of offers and considering Jagr’s talent level as well as his production last season with the Philadelphia Flyers while on Claude Giroux’s wing (19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points) it’s not outlandish to think team’s are interested in his services.

Whether it’s actually 21 teams (and whether they are members of the NHL) is up for debate. 

Ultimately, it seems as though Jagr’s time in Philadelphia has come to pass. 

With massive offers already laid out to big name free agents and the rumors of potential trades, it seems as though the club is going in a different direction. 

For Jagr, the ability to play on a rebuilding Canadiens club will likely provide him the ability to get the maximum playing time he is looking for as well as the opportunity to play with fellow Kladno native, Tomas Plekanec. 

Not to mention that Montreal was a location he considered last season when attempting to make his return to the NHL.


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George Prax's picture

I would have loved this last year. This year, I'm not sure whether Jagr and the Habs would be wasting their time with the team they have, but the Habs spent the day picking up fighters and depth players so who knows what they're thinking. Either way, Jagr + Plekanec would be awesome to see.