Former MVP Jaromir Jagr decision's extended into the night
5:32 PM, Jun 29, 2011
11:57 PM, Jun 29, 2011
DETROIT (WXYZ) -- A decision is expected soon from former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr, who is mulling an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins and reported interest from the Detroit Red Wings.
According to his agent Petr Svoba, Jagr was set to arrive in New York city Wednesday night and was set to choose his next team later in the evening.
But around 8:00pm, Svoba told reporters he didn't know where his client was and that an announcement wouldn't come until Thursday at the earliest.
The deal offered by Pittsburgh is heard to be worth $2 million. The Pens hope to bring the 39-year old back into the fold after he led them to two Stanley Cup titles in the early 90's.
Jagr played 17 seasons in the NHL with the Penguins, Capitals and Rangers. He spent the past three years playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound forward has 1,599 career points in the NHL. He was a Hart finalist six times, winning the MVP Award in 1999.
Last week, Red Wings GM Ken Holland exchanged texts with Jagr and expressed there was interest from both sides.
"We're intrigued," Holland said, "like we were with Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano. He was an elite player in his prime. He's 39 years of age. If he decides to come back to the NHL, he's coming back for all the right reasons. Whether he comes to Detroit or another destination, the great ones, even when Father Time is against them a little bit, they're still pretty good players."
Some reports over the past week had the Wings offering Jagr a deal between $2-2.5 million. Other reports have the Penguins as the only team to make an offer to the seven-time All-NHL team winger.
He has 646 career NHL goals, and if he returns to the league, his career point total would make him the active leader.