We’ve all been waiting for the news of what will happen with Jaromir Jagr, one of the greatest (if not most egotistical and selfish) players in Penguins history. The news may be in 15 minutes early.
The Penguins have pulled their offer from the table.
Since 2008 Jagr has told everyone who would listen that he would do just about anything to come back to Pittsburgh. He even stated he would take the league minimum so he could retire with them.
So far it’s all sounding like a bunch of bullshit.
I honestly believed that this “bidding war” he and his agent had started was all for show. That it was just to get the hype up and for him to try to make himself look good when he turned down a big offer for the Pens.
The Pens have officially pulled their offer from the table.
“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,” said Ray Shero, the team’s executive vice president and general manager. “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.
“Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history, and we wish him all the best.”
There is still 10 minutes left until all decisions have to be made. So I’ll update once that happens.
We’re all still waiting on word about what will happen with Tyler Kennedy. Hopefully they were able to strike a deal with him and he’ll stay with us.
UPDATE 12:03 pm est:
Forward Tyler Kennedy has been resigned for 2 years and $2 million.
Kennedy, 24, is coming off the best season of his four-year career after establishing single-season highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (24), points (45) and power-play goals (7). In seven postseason games, Kennedy added two goals and one assist.