Nothing yet on Jagr from Pens
General manager Ray Shero and his staff are in a meeting room at Consol Energy Center preparing for the start of NHL free agency at noon, but as of 10:45 a.m. they had not heard from Jaromir Jagr or his agent.
The agent, Petr Svoboda, said that Jagr has not made a decision yet about which, if any, NHL team he will play for next season.
Jagr, 39, is likely to play in the NHL after spending three seasons in Russia, Svoboda has said.
Svoboda described his morning as "very busy." As for whether Jagr would made a decision today…
"I hope so," Svoboda said, sounding weary.
Svoboda said Jagr remains in New York, and denied emphatically that Jagr was in or headed to Pittsburgh soon.
The Penguins are one of "many teams" Svoboda said he has contacted about Jagr, and one of three known to make a one-year offer in the range of $2 million.
The other teams to have made offers are Detroit and Montreal, and it is believed the Penguins' offer is the lowest, though Shero has said he believes it to be "competitive."
Shero said Thursday the offer to Jagr would remain even if Jagr does not inform them by noon of a decision, but stressed that he has as "backup plan" if a deal cannot be reached by noon with Jagr or the team's own impending free agent, Tyler Kennedy.
"At noon you have to know what you're going to do," Shero said.
The Penguins are believed to be making some progress toward a new deal for Kennedy, 24 and coming of a career-best 21 goals and 45 points.
Shero said Kennedy has told the Penguins he "wants to be here," but he would not rule out Kennedy testing the market at noon.
Forwards Mike Rupp and Max Talbot will test the market, Shero said.
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