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Philadelphia Flyers And Jaromir Jagr Hope To Reach Deal Prior To Draft, According To Report

According to a report published late Wednesday night by Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Flyers and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr are apparently working on another one-year contract for the 40-year old vet.

This is in contrast to comments made by Jagr earlier this offseason, which implied that the two parties were struggling to workout a deal.Jagr stated that he wanted to play in the NHL in the 2012-13 season and that while he wanted to play in Philadelphia, it was more important that he had a prominent role.

Considering the youth in Philadelphia as well as the limited cap space that is expected to be used to improve the backend, many assumed that this meant the end of Jagr’s employment as a Flyer. Now, it appears that is not the case.

Panaccio cited Jagr’s agent, former Flyer Petr Svoboda as saying that the two sides are close to reaching a deal that will bring Jagr back for another season.

Courtesy of CSNPhilly.com:

 “I’ve talked to Jaromir and I have talked to Paul [Holmgren] and we hope to get something done before the draft,” Svoboda said, adding that whatever impression Jagr left last month was no longer accurate.

The biggest concern with Jagr returning is that his aging body may not be able to handle another complete season in Philadelphia. After dealing with a groin injury for the majority of the year, there are serious questions about whether he could handle an extended run by the Flyers, which many are hoping will end next June.

 

Svoboda believes that if Jagr cuts back on his intense training program that he will be fine for the year and beyond. He explained that he trains as intensely as he does because of the criticism he received from the Pittsburgh media earlier in his career.

“Jaromir hasn’t forgotten how he got criticized by the media in Pittsburgh early in his career,” Svoboda said, a reference to Jagr being immature and somewhat lazy as a player in his 20s.

 “He feels he needs to prove himself every day, but I agree with you, he needs to cut back in his training.”

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told Panaccio that the team is interested in retaining Jagr for next season.

 

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