Jagr turns down Pittsburgh Penguins offer


Jaromir Jagr has arguably become the biggest off-season story as he shocked the hockey world by turning down a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers. What made this such a big surprise was the strong speculation that Jagr, who spent the past three seasons in the KHL, would accept the one year deal being offered by Penguins GM Ray Shero. The 39 year-old who, before going to the KHL, had scored 646 career goals along with 1,599 points, signed a one year deal with the Flyers for 3.3 million. Prior to signing Jagr, who was a Penguins 1990 first round pick, expressed an interest in signing and ending his career back in Pittsburgh.  “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 Shero, who offered Jagr a one year 2 million dollar deal. “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.” Jagr doesn’t agree with the many fans and management in Pittsburgh who believe that they were misled into thinking that he would sign with the team. “The Penguins seem like I did something wrong or something bad, and I don’t think I did something bad,” Jagr said. “If they feel like that, I cannot change their minds. I was a free agent, and I had my chance to pick wherever I think is best for me.”


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