Pens courting Jagr as a decision is expected by the Draft


Three years later, will the Pittsburgh Penguins end up beating out the Detroit Red Wings for a star right winger? That remains to be seen but within the past 24 hours, the Penguins have suddenly emerged as a front runner with the Red Wings for the services of 39 year old winger Jaromir Jagr. When Red Wing officials felt they were closing in on Jagr over the weekend, the future Hall of Famer and former Penguin didn’t want to move forward without at least exploring Pittsburgh’s level of interest, sources confirm. A reach out to the Penguins on late Friday afternoon from his agent Peter Svoboda, has now led to discussions between Jagr and key members of the Penguins brass. The Penguins have come out of those discussions with the belief that Jagr’s interest in the team is serious and legitimate. Penguins GM Ray Shero spent the weekend in discussionsRead More »

NHL Free Agency Buzz: Front runners for Jagr; Jokinen, Upshall to hit open market


Jagr in talks with Habs, Red Wings The two front runners emerging in the Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes appear to be the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda tells ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings are among team’s they have spoken with. Montreal has been at the top of Jagr’s wishlist for sometime, due to his close relationship with Tomas Plekanec. What remains to be seen is how interested in Montreal is. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are exploring the possibility. Red Wings GM Ken Holland tells LeBrun that talks with Jagr’s camp are just preliminary at this point. It appears Jagr’s previous agents at the NHL level, JP Barry and Pat Brisson are not involved in these negotiations. Reportedly, Jagr has also contacted the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. The Penguins remain not interested. Jokinen, Upshall expected to hit the openRead More »

A look at what sets Crosby above the rest & 200 goals by the numbers


What Sets Crosby Apart Extending his points streak to 12 games and tallying his 6th regular season hat trick to take over the NHL points lead with 40, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby continues to amaze his teammates in his 6th NHL season. “I’ve seen him for three years and I’m still like… ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s pretty unbelievable, ” Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski said in his post-game comments. Collecting 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in his last 12 games, there’s a strong argument that Crosby is playing his best all around hockey of his career. Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter said it best when describing Crosby’s game this afternoon, following Calgary’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. “An elite-level player like him has great creativity in his game and a tremendous skill set,” Sutter said. “It’s because of his work ethic, and how hard he plays every shift.”Read More »

The Latest NHL Buzz


Trade Freeze Ends on Feb. 28th (11:59 p.m.) Trade buzz during the Olympic break has been on Hurricanes winger Ray Whitney. Whitney had previously drawn significant interest from up to 6 teams but the Hurricanes asking price and Whitney’s NTC have derailed talks with a number of teams. One team yet to become a suitor for Whitney is the Pittsburgh Penguins. One source said it’s likely that Whitney was discussed this week between J.P. Barry, the agent for Whitney, and Ray Shero but Pittsburgh continues to balk at the Hurricanes asking price of a high draft choice and prospect Luca Caputi in exchange for Whitney and defenseman Andrew Alberts. Indications are Carolina doesn’t have much interest in dealing with Pittsburgh due to their unwillingness to include a high draft pick and a mid/top tier prospect. Their efforts have been elsewhere. The Hurricanes have been involved in talks with the Kings,Read More »

As for Jagr, like all KHL players, his money is at risk


Jaromir Jagr returning to the NHL has been a hot topic the past month as Jagr indicated this week that he was close to joining the Edmonton Oilers in February. I spoke to Oilers insider David Staples of the Edmonton Journal today who was the first journalist to break the Jagr to Edmonton speculation last month. Read more for the latest scoop on Jagr’s return to the NHL.

NHL: Jagr Interview: “I want to pay Mario back because he has made me what I am”


Here’s an interest interview from the Hockey News that will catch the attention of Penguins fans. Former Pittsburgh Penguins super star Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux. ‚ÄúI was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‚ÄòI‚Äôd like you to play for our team,‚Äô I would think about it a lot,‚Äù Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. ‚ÄúI would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am‚Ķbesides myRead More »

NHL Insider Update: The Latest on Jagr & Sundin


Source: Jagr not looking to return to NHL: A source with connections to Jagr tells me “that Jagr is not thinking of returning to the nhl … infact, he’s involved in a very special kind of All-Star game in Russia to take place January 10th Team Jagr against Team Yashin. The KHL is in financial trouble and teams have missed making salary payments but nothing on Jagr or his team not getting paid.” Rangers holding out hope to land Sundin: Sources in New York tell me that the Rangers believe they are among the leading candidates in the Sundin sweepstakes. The Rangers only have $1.7 million in cap space but word is Sundin will join the Rangers for $4 million per season in January if they are able to clear enough salary. The Rangers are shopping Petr Prucha who makes $1.6 million per season. They will have to move anotherRead More »

Day 1 NHL Free Agency Frenzy; Live Updates


Day 2 12:58 a.m. There is a 1yr 1.75 million offer on the table to forward Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is believed to be looking over three other offers with Calgary among the interested parties. With all of this talk of Jagr, I wouldn’t look past Markus Naslund who has been on the Penguins radar since the clock struck noon on July 1. Source tell TIOPS Ray Shero is taking calls regarding Ryan Whitney and listening to offers but it appears ownership wants Whitney to stay put. Penguins expect a decision from Jarkko Ruutu by Wednesday morning. No offer has been made to Jason Smith but the interest is there. The Penguins have yet to meet the demands of Brooks Orpik (6yrs – 22 million) but the two sides are still in discussions. Penguins offer to Hossa is for 7.2 million per season. The amount of years is up in theRead More »